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Crop Updates from Iowa Corn Leaders – Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:24 PM by Iowa Corn

Recently drier conditions have allowed farmers to get back in the fields for herbicide applications, replanting drowned out crops, and cutting hay.

According to the USDA weekly report, last week about 26 percent of the corn acreage was silking. Seventy-six percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition, unchanged from the previous week. Forty-five percent of the soybean acreage was blooming, 11 days ahead of the previous year and slightly ahead of normal. Six percent of the soybean crop was setting pods, 11 days ahead of last year and one day ahead of normal.

Carl Jardon of Randolph says some neighbors are concerned about northern leaf blight coming early. They are making sure they get the fungicide sprayed timely. The corn he planted is resistant to northern leaf blight, so he does not plan to spray. However he will spray his soybeans. All of his crops continue to look good. The corn is tasseling very nicely and the soybeans are beginning to flower.

Roger Zylstra of Lynnville, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, says his crops are looking good. They didn’t receive any significant rain last week. The soybeans have some yellow spots from being too wet but they’re coming out of that a little.  Right now the corn and soybeans look good but this is the time when disease and insects begin to show up. He will be keeping a close eye out for any problems.

Nick Leibold of New Hampton says some corn has been tasseling. It’s been dry. The yellow spots in fields which he reported a couple weeks ago during the wet conditions are looking more green. The fields that had some hail damage look better, but the hail still set them back a little. He’s still hopeful because the crops are looking better.

Bob Bowman of DeWitt, president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), had some strong winds that affected a little of his corn on Saturday night. A couple of his corn fields had a little green snap. He’s hoping the corn will rebound from that wind damage. They had a little rain with that. Otherwise his crops are still looking good.

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