by Ben Nuelle LISTEN: Money Matters 7-21-16
Iowa’s corn condition improves slightly to 81 percent and soybeans 80 percent. But a regional agronomist with Bayer says there’s still a few things to watch out for this growing season.
Leslie Lloyd is a regional agronomist with Bayer.
Lloyd says growing concerns differ across the state this year.
“As far as conditions this year, if you are in northern Iowa in that area with high PHs, we have a lot of deficiencies with iron chlorosis. That’s as bad as I have seen it this year. We think there is going to be challenges with SDS. Because Sudden Death Syndrome usually follows a wet spring where we have water-logged conditions as the beans are coming up. We haven’t seen that yet because you do not see the foliar symptoms until later in the summer but we have all the setup for SDS to be a challenge.”
Lloyd also touched on weed control. He spoke at the Bayer Showcase Plot Tour in Indianola last week.
Sixty-seven percent of the corn crop has reached the silking stage, five days ahead of last year and a week ahead of average.
Across the State there were scattered reports of corn reaching the dough stage. Soybeans blooming reached 66 percent and soybean setting pods reached 20 percent. Both of these soybean stages were 4 days ahead of 2015 and 5 days ahead of normal.