|Today’s newsletter includes the stories of 3 farmers who are heading into the home stretch of this year’s crop season with plenty to be optimistic about. As the United States is gripped in a dry heat wave, what we do becomes more and more relevant.|
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KELLY GARRETT – ARION, IOWA
“We are finishing up combining our wheat this week. Our yields are exceptional at an average of 105 bpa. This is our fifth year growing wheat, and we have been able to push our yields higher each year. Last year we had an average of 90 bpa on our wheat, so I am very excited about the 15 bpa bump this year. We worked very closely with our experts to customize foliar programs designed to push our yields higher this year. Both plots are seeing a 25- to 30-bpa yield response. Beyond the yields, we are also seeing the benefits of adding wheat into our soybean/corn rotation as it relates to improving soil health.”
“We are seeing a ton of earthworms and the soil is rich and dark. I’m excited to see how next year’s corn crop performs on this soil. We are currently applying Veltyma fungicide to the corn as well as a foliar of K-Flex and a PGR. Corn prices look great so we decided to invest a little more and see if we can squeeze some more yield out of the crop this year.”
MATT MILES – MCGEHEE, ARKANSAS
Things are pretty boring in the Delta right now. Last week, we had 6 inches of rain in three days that ended up reflooding a lot of the acres that were replanted after the June flooding. Luckily, this time the water seemed to drain off quickly. As I mentioned last time, we are anticipating that insect pressure on these small beans will be tough. We swept the crop last week and had to immediately trigger a worm pesticide application. This will be one of many applications as farmers try to make something out of the replanted crop.
Our corn was at 40% moisture last week, so that means we are about 10 days from harvest if we were to get normal weather for the next week. I’m not sure what “normal” weather means anymore after this season. We were hoping for a July harvest, but now it’s looking like it will be the first week of August before we open up the cornfields. We’ll pull some more samples at the end of this week and get a better idea of where we are in terms of timing after that. With this crazy weather, the moisture levels are not moving very quickly. We should also have some rice and beans ready to cut by the middle to later part of August.
KEVIN MATTHEWS – EAST BEND, NORTH CAROLINA
All of our crops continue to look pretty good this season. Our full-season soybeans are a solid R3 with fungicide foliar applications wrapped up for the first round. It does seem that insect pressure is picking up. We will monitor this closely.
Our short-season double-crop soybeans will soon be ready for fungicide applications along with a nice dose of some Finish Line. We are also running fungicide on corn as some fields are showing signs of grey and northern leaf disease. Our heavy dew and foggy mornings create the need for a solid fungicide program this time of year. The V8-V10 early applications are very healthy compared with our post-tassel applications. It is really making us rethink application timing.