Crop Reports from Extension Educators

Crop Reports from Extension Educators

Randy Pryor, Extension Educator in Saline County: Soybean planting came to a halt with 0.85 to 1.10 inches in Saline County. Most of Gage County remained dry enough for spraying and planting to continue. Corn planting is essentially done except for wet pockets in certain fields. I received a report of black cutworm damage on a 28-acre field that was going to prompt a replant, two reports of problems with seedling alfalfa stands, and one report of a replant of part of a field due to bean beetles. (June 11, 2019)

Sarah Sivits, Cropping Systems Extension Educator for Dawson, Buffalo, and Hall counties: Corn planting is mostly finished in our area (including seed corn), but some producers are still finishing up with soybeans and sorghum. Crops that have emerged look good for the most part. Some fields that were under water or had excessive moisture are still yellow, but they are getting better. Corn ranges anywhere from just emerging to V4 or V5 growth stage. Soybeans that are planted range anywhere from emerging to V1 with some nearing the V2 growth stage. Wheat looks good and has headed out nicely. First cutting of alfalfa is down for many producers right now. Some producers let their cover crops grow this spring and now have those fields swathed and baled. Lots of sidedressing of nitrogen and post-emergence herbicide applications going on for those who planted their corn early this spring. Several producers had to wait to apply herbicides to their soybeans until after they were planted. Weed control might be an issue this year due to late applications this spring, but we will see how things look as the growing season progresses. (June 11, 2019)