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Corn shoots up with heat
Monday's U.S. Department of Agriculture Crops and Weather Report said temperatures statewide averaged 5.3 degrees above normal last week. Precipitation also exceeded the norm of 1.09 inches by almost a quarter of an inch.

Hot, wet weather have not only benefited crops, but weeds as well. Wet and windy conditions have delayed spraying throughout the state, with some farmers describing fields as weedy.

Dave Strickler, who farms southwest of Grundy Center, considers himself lucky. He's been able to keep up with spraying weeds in between rain showers, and the recent heat wave helped corn that was a little behind.

"Things are looking real good our way. The crops looked good before, but just slow," said Strickler, president of the local corn and soybean association.

Some early planted corn is already knee high, Strickler said. In the past farmers were happy if corn reached that height by the Fourth of July, but that is not as much of an indicator of a healthy stand these days since improved genetics have allowed farmers to plant much earlier.

The report said pastures have benefited from recent rains and grass is plentiful. As conditions permitted, farmers were busy replanting corn and soybeans, spraying fields and harvesting hay.

Statewide, the corn was rated at 93 percent of normal. The crop is rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 52 percent good and 21 percent excellent.

Growers reported 5 percent of all the state's soybeans will have to be replanted. Iowa State University statistics show soybeans planted in mid-June will sustain yield reductions, on average, of nearly 40 percent.

Soybean emergence is at 90 percent as of Sunday, 4 percent higher than the five-year average. The crop is rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 54 percent good and 15 percent excellent.

Based on current weather patterns, Brian Lang, ISU Extension crop specialist based in Decorah, said farmers should be scouting for common stalk borers this week.

Lang said to look for prematurely dead seed heads in field border grass.

"If many dead seed heads appear, treat the first few rows of corn with an insecticide to catch the larva in migration from the grass to the corn," Lang said.

Activity from over wintering bean leaf beetles continues to be low, Lang said. According to Strickler, there has been no insect pressure on crops so far.

More than 50 percent of the state's oat acres is headed, compared to the five-year average of 40 percent. Ninety-eight percent of the crop is rated in fair or better condition.

Overall, livestock conditions were good, although reports of muddy feedlots were common.
MGR Archive 15.6.2005
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