It’s almost September — where did the summer go?
How do your crops look? Ours look good, but have had plenty of stress of planting in near mud, then record heat and rapid growth. I’ve never seen corn grow that fast in my 61 years.
Look at your fields and find out what is really going on inside them. Here, the corn is not so good 20 rows in.
The ProFarmer Crop Tour, and all the pictures on Crop Talk, has spurred a lot of farmers to look at their crops. I’ve been studying them again all summer and I really wonder about Goss’s Wilt.
Some good friends did their own crop tour and they think ProFarmer is even high on their yield estimates. They think Goss’s Wilt has really wrecked the U.S. corn crop and will again.
Look up Goss’s Wilt. It’s a bacterial blight that was first found in Nebraska in 1969. There is concern our plant genome and farmer practices have led to the outbreak of this disease in the last few years.
I would like to hear a good pathologist who can communicate to farmers speak on the disease followed up by a farmer who understands it from his fields and has taken action against it. I think that is something we could all learn from.
On soybeans, it’s weed resistance that is the rage again this year. The Roundup Ready program is failing in more and more states as resistance builds up and resistant weeds spread. It “looks pretty good” in so many places, but there is a false sense of security.
I just looked at a “clean field” of RR soybeans that looked really good and were well-podded. I found 3 patches of resistant weeds in it that glyphosate didn’t control.
Here in southwest Ohio, the main weed culprits are marestail at No. 1, closely followed by giant ragweed and common ragweed, lambsquarter and pigweed. Redroot pigweed, and its cousins Palmer amaranth and tall waterhemp, have wrecked a lot of soybean acres in the U.S. this year.
That’s why I’m on a mission to learn about sprayer-tank chemistry, glyphosate soil residual and glyphosate resistance. Learning never stops and this is especially true of no-till and how we farm today.