Up dates:

I did not realize it, but it has been about three weeks since I have posted anything on this site. My apologies.  Most of those three weeks were so bloomin hot that not much was changing.  Here is somewhat of an update on what I am seeing in the different crops in our area:

Soybeans:  It looks to me that the full season soybeans (planted late April or early May) are the beans that have suffered the most from the recent heat.   The lack of moisture and the above 100 temps often disguised or masked the symptoms of charcoal rot (see earlier post) but often times what looked like heat and drought stress was simply that, heat and drought.  There are other full season beans that looked great from the road with good vegetative growth but did not have the number of pods set on the plant that they should, and those pods that were there often times did not fill.  I think the heat made the beans abort the pods and flowers.  Up until about 2 to 3 weeks ago, with the plants still willing to bloom, there seemed to be hope that the plants would still produce enough to pay their way, but now, life left in those plants is getting short, along with the days, and in many cases I would not expect much yield for the early beans.

The beans I have seen that were planted in early June, before wheat harvest, seemed to have a much better pod set, and most are still blooming, trying to set more. With the recent breaks in the weather giving us moisture and cooler nights, I have much higher expectations for yield in these beans.  The double cropped beans, planted after wheat harvest are still an open book with good yield expectations.

Corn: Corn "pickin" is underway between moisture events, with yield generally much improved over last year.  I have heard of many fields averaging in the 130's to 140's, and most in the 90 to 110 range. Harvest is of course not over yet and would expect some yield average lowering, but still much improved.  Aflotoxin, although often still present is very low compared to last year.  I am anxious to hear or see some comparisons between different chemical applications, as well as some comparisons between conventional versus stacked corn.

Grain Sorghum:  Full season milo is just starting to be harvested.  I have seen some charcoal rot in some fields, but have not seen as many head worms as expected.  That's good.  Milo is actually a warm climate perennial plant, and if a producer was planning on getting to wheat after a milo harvest, he may want to "condition" the plant for harvest with glyphosate, otherwise it is liable to sucker out and keep growing.  This application of glyphosate is also a harvest aid in that it will accelerate dry down and help dry down the weeds (usually Pig) that are in many fields.  

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