It has been a roller coaster of a year for the southern region. Since the start of planting all the way to today, we have had a tough year. Despite everything that mother nature has thrown at us we are still looking ok. Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to walk fields with growers and get a handle on what to expect come harvest. From what I have seen and the reports from local elevators and crop watch experts, we are seeing a more optimistic harvest than what we initially thought.
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This year there is quite a spread as far as planting dates are concerned. Early planted corn that had a good stand is looking great despite some tip back observed in stressful environments. Some of the early corn is finishing filling out and is already denting which gives us a good estimate for harvest. Most of the replant growers had this spring is finishing up pollination and had favorable weather to do so. Kernel counts on replanted corn are lower than the first planting which was expected due to the stress it experienced during ear determination. Another observation that was seen shortly after planting was late emergence. When walking fields, it is very clear now which plants emerged later than their neighbors which will also be a big yield factor. Disease pressure for most of the region has been lower than last year. Common Rust has been observed throughout Illinois and Missouri but is not a disease that warrants a fungicide application. Grey Leaf Spot has spread a little but came on late enough where yield should not be robbed. However, we have been keeping our eyes out for Southern Rust. There have been a few places throughout Southern Illinois and Missouri where we have seen Southern Rust in corn. As we get closer to harvest another disease we need to keep an eye out for is Diplodia. Over the past few weeks I have seen some starting to pop up especially in the corn on corn fields. Right now, it is not a major concern, but we need to be aware and start walking fields. Hybrids that have really stood out this year for growers are LG5618, LG5643, LG5650, and LG5663. New products that have really handled the stress well in plots are LG5590, LG5606, LG5616, and LG5624. These are exciting new numbers and we can’t wait to see the results come fall!
Early in the growing season soybeans have had a little trouble getting the height and the canopy cover growers desired. Over the past month, some late season rains really helped getting some height on the beans and close in the rows. Most of the soybeans are now in the R4-R5 stage and have good potential if we catch the August rains. Sudden Death Syndrome is not as prevalent this year as it was last year due to the warm drier weather we have experienced. The biggest concern with growers is weed control in soybeans. With more and more waterhemp in the region having glyphosate and PPO resistance, growers will be looking at Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® Soybeans or LibertyLink® Soybeans to address the issue. LG Seeds has the unique opportunity to offer both programs to growers to give them the option that works best on their farming operation.
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