It has been a rainy year in southern Indiana, and one agronomist based there says the entire area is now anywhere between 40 and almost 60 inches of rain for the first 8 months of the year.
â€œThatâ€™s pretty remarkable when our average yearly rainfall is about 46,â€� says DEKALB/Asgrow technical agronomist Matt Parmer. â€œBut weâ€™ve continued to get rains and temperatures have not been really hot this summer, so weâ€™ve got a long way to go. The earliest planting dates weâ€™ve got, May 15th, that stuff wonâ€™t really hit black layer until mid-September, so weâ€™re going to push a lot of this crop off until late September, early October black layer dates. So, itâ€™s really to early to start estimating where our grain depth is going to end up.â€�
Parmer says even with the challenging spring, if nice rain events and moderate temperatures continue the crops will end up better than anticipated. But, standability is a concern going into harvest.
â€œIt is and probably our number one disease this year is Physoderma, and weâ€™re already seeing that Physoderma, which typically is just a leaf blight on the sheath and often times just cosmetic has gotten into the nodes. Weâ€™re starting to see that ring of death.â€�
Parmer says affected fields are just a few big windstorms away from seeing node breakage that could be significant.
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