Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM by Iowa Corn
Across Iowa, a large majority of our corn and soybeans continue to be in good to excellent condition. Parts of the state, especially northwest Iowa, are dealing with excess water and there have been pockets of damage from recent severe weather.
|Corn is looking great on the Carl Jardon farm in southwest Iowa.|
Carl Jardon of Randolph received rain last Wednesday and then more than inch of rain last Friday night. He says the corn is looking phenomenal and is getting really tall as you can see in this picture. The soybeans don’t like wet feet, Jardon joked, so they are struggling a little bit but still look good. The rain amounts have been nearly perfect. He has been on the outlying areas from excess rain and storms.
Roger Zylstra of Lynnville, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, says overall his crops are in very good shape. He has received some timely rains. His corn had a little bit of goose-neck after some winds a week ago. However, it has been recovering nicely. Lightening struck their house last weekend, which damaged their phone line, computer and other electronics. There wasn’t any other damage to their house or crops.
Nick Leibold of New Hampton has had extremely wet conditions with nearly 10 inches of rain in the past week. The corn is big enough so it is not showing stress from the wet conditions. It is a little yellow. Still, the corn is looking good. On the other hand, the soybeans are looking a little stunted and pretty pathetic. He is hoping the hot, humid conditions continue this week to help turn around the soybeans. There is rain in the forecast at the end of this week.
Bob Bowman of DeWitt, president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), has received about five inches of rain in the past week. He has some late-season side-dressing left to do on his fields and has not been able to get back into the fields because of the wet conditions. He’s hoping his son is able to get back into the fields today before more rain comes. He has had plenty of rain and only a little bit of ponding in a couple of fields. Aside from the spraying, overall, the corn and soybeans look really good and crops are in really good condition for their growth stage.