Agronomy Blog

Plains West Crop Progress

by Matt Teply | Jul 10, 2017

Southwest Missouri:   Wet conditions have continued through the month of June and into July so far for this area of the region.  Most of the early planted corn is now is in the blister to as far as early milk stage.  The later planted and replanted corn is just starting to tassel in most cases.  The majority of the corn crop looks good.  Nitrogen management has been key as early heavy precipitation caused a lot of leaching.  Early planted soybeans are moving into the R3 to R4 stages and there are still some double crop and replant soybeans going in the ground.

Eastern and Central Kansas:  Wetter conditions have been continued throughout much of the area of the region as well.  There are some areas though that are pretty dry.  Seems to be hit of really miss when it comes to the rainfall patterns.  Early planted corn is just beginning to tassel and silk.  The later planted, mid June, corn is as small as V3 in some cases.  Early soybeans are just reaching the R1 stage and there are still a few growers putting in double crop soybeans where moisture is permitting.

Southwest Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles:   The majority of the corn crop is either pollinating or will begin to pollinate over the next week to 10 days.  There has been some really severe storm damage scattered across this area of the region.  Hail and high winds have been extremely devastating to the crop in areas. 100 degree temps are now expected over the next 7 days.  Not the best weather to be pollinating in.  What few soybeans that were planted have reached the R1 stage and look very respectable.  

Northwest Kansas, Eastern Colorado, Western Nebraska:   The story in this part of the region has been precipitation.  You are either getting it or you're simply not.  The majority of the irrigated corn will start to tassel and silk later this week and as you move west later next week.  High temps and high daily E.T. rates have really put some stress on the crop. The next 10 days will either make or break a lot of the dry land corn acres in the area.  100 plus expected temps will probably put an end to dry land corn that has not been fortunate to catch much precipitation.  The soybean crop is moving into the R2 stage for the most part.  The majority of the soybean crop is irrigated and looks very good but the forecast for 100 plus temps could cause some bloom to drop or abort if humidity’s get to low.  The next 14 days weather is going to play a huge role in the quality of the 2017 crop in this area as we move into early reproduction stages of both corn and soybeans.    

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