Survey taken Monday, July 20th and Tuesday, July 21st
Once fungicides are on, the month of July and August seem to be a “wait and see” timeframe. It’s not quite time to plan for 2021 in detail and Mother Nature is really the only one with a say in the crop condition.
With agronomists covering more than 1/3 of Iowa’s crop ground, we asked our Field Sales Agronomy team what they’re seeing in the fields this week.
From the Minnesota border, down I-35 to Hwy 20 and over to the Waterloo-area, the crop seems to be catching some of the rains needed. Week on week internal conditions are steady. In the Dike and New Hartford areas, some growers have experienced wind damage but most of that will come back, said Larry Henningsen, veteran FSA.
West of I-35, rain is needed. For Calhoun, Webster and Greene counties, our FSAs say “This area has not had measurable rain in 1 month. The crop is starting to be hurt severely every time we have a high-temperature day. Multi-year corn-on-corn is quickly becoming a disaster with severe rootworm infestations and no rain. Beans should be adding 2 to 3 nodes per week and they are currently adding 1.” Overall rating from our team on corn are down on yield potential by a few bushels.
South of Hwy 30 and over to Hwy 169 things “conditions are starting to slip and it could hurt yield.” In Carroll County, one FSA said, “without rain in the next few weeks, we could be looking at 120 bu corn and 30 bu beans.” Our internal ratings for corn plummeted since last week and beans