The weather changed on about June 18. Since then there has been a lot of field work completed. A lot – not all – but a lot of the soybean acres have been planted. Also, farmers have made a lot of progress with side-dress applications of nitrogen and also with post emergence herbicide applications.
There was also a fair amount of corn replanting that was completed around June 20. Planting corn that late is fairly risky – in terms of yield potential and grain moisture at harvest. However, late planted corn worked out pretty well in 2008 – with some yield levels in the low 100 bu/a area.
The eastern part of my area continues to lag in fieldwork progress. That eastern part includes parts of Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Kossuth Hancock and Winnebago counties.
There will be a fair amount of prevented planting in that area. It is fairly easy to drive down the road and see unplanted fields on both sides of the road. A couple of areas where that is apparent is east of Algona, near Rodman and west of Mallard.
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