From the Field Crop Report: May 23
Corn is growing fast, but the weeds are growing faster! You’ll get a better kill when a post-emergence herbicide is applied before the weeds are 4 inches tall.
Farmers in my Central Iowa region are 100% done with planting corn and 95% done with soybeans. Corn looks great and is standing well.
Some soybeans are struggling to get through a crust top, so rain would be helpful.
NORTHEAST IOWA & SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA
A lot of corn was put in the from last Wednesday through Sunday. This corn pictured in this plot was planted last week in Southeast Minnesota. Corn planting is about 75% done in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Farmers here are just getting started on soybeans.
WEST NORTH CENTRAL IOWA
Last Saturday, May 19, we put in a Latham® SuperStrip corn plot in western Iowa. Maturities ranged from 100 to 106 days. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Vosika was an excellent helper. She ran the shop vac, poured seed into the planter and drove side by side.
NORTH CENTRAL IOWA & SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA
Latham’s LH 5245 PRO RIB has excellent emergence and stand establishment in this field planted May 10 in the Garner area.
With clouds in the sky and rain in the forecast, growers are working as quickly as possible to try and finish up corn planting. Planting conditions have been far from ideal in Northwest Iowa, and frustrations are high due to a late start this spring from snow and continued rainfall.
WESTERN IOWA & EASTERN NEBRASKA
Growers are battling weather conditions to get fertilizer and preemergent herbicides applied before the corn and soybeans emerge on later planted acres. Wet fields and tire tracks is the view as you drive around the countryside to the south and east.
Even though it is wet in a large majority of the region, the northwestern areas of the state are dry should wrap up planting this week. Corn planted between April 27 and May 8 is emerging and looking great at the VE to V2 stage.
My favorite time of year is temperatures temperatures warm up and corn pops up in rows. This is a field near Sanborn, Minn., of LH 5245 VT2 PRO RIB with nice, even emergence.
SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA
Last week was a good one for Southeast South Dakota. Warm temperatures and only a few light rain showers are providing good planting weather. We mostly missed the forecasted 2 to 4 inches of rain, so thousands of acres were planted. You can now travel across the state and see corn up in many fields. This week growers finishing planting corn and switching over to soybeans.
NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA
Huge progress was this past week in Northeast South Dakota. Despite a few cloudy and drizzly days, growers managed to get corn in the ground in the eastern part of my territory. The first planted corn is emerging, and stands are looking good. Many growers are wrapped up corn and starting on soybeans. Areas to the west could still use moisture, and many growers say they would like a half inch just to get a break! If there is no rainfall this week, soybean planted acres should increase in the east.
SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA
This is a great time to walk fields and check emergence. Hopefully, all the time spent setting planters paid off with a uniform stand. This is also the perfect time to make sure the pre-emerge herbicide application is working. Start scouting for weeds to stop them early!
EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA
The finish line is approaching. It’s virtually been five weeks of non-stop seeding/planting here in North Dakota. Rainfalls have started to replenish some of the dry seed beds, but as always, the rain has been spotty. It’s way too dry in the north and west while it’s extremely wet in the East Central area. Planting has been delayed, especially Barnes and Griggs Counties.
In-season seed orders keep us rolling. Last Sunday my dog rode shot gun, helping me deliver from Point A to B. Some day soon I owe him a hunting trip or at least a swim in the lake.