Extension Crop and Pest Reports (June 8-12)
Brown, Boyd, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha and Rock counties experienced severe thunderstorms this week past week with high winds reported up to 70 mph and hail. Precipitation in the area ranged from half an inch up to 7+ inches. Low area flooding and ponding is being observed in areas that received 3+ inches of rain. There was strip in Northern Holt County and Southern Boyd County that had damaging hail. Hail damage ranged from mild defoliation and stripping of corn to fields where the corn is leveled to the ground. Fields will be assessed next week to determine what corn will recover and consideration of replant for some fields. Corn in the area is ranging from V1 to approximately V5. Majority of the fields in this area have corn leaning toward the southeast due to strong winds observed in the area Sunday through Tuesday. (6/12/20)
Northeast Lincoln and southeast Logan counties received excessive rainfall and some spotty devastating hail earlier this week. Rainfall amounts in the area ranged from 0.15 to over 6.0 inches. Severe flooding and soil erosion took place. Several fields of corn and soybeans were stripped up by hail with some replanting required. (6/12/20)
Corn: In all four counties corn is still standing after Tuesday’s winds. Most of the crop is in the V4 to V5 stage. Corn in all four counties is at leaning due to the high winds, but the crop will recover.
Soybeans: Most of the soybeans in the area are between V2 to V3 stages. There was some minor damage to leaves on the plants, but the most of the fields showed no signs of damage.
Wheat: Wheat has flowered in all the counties and kernels are starting to form in the heads. Stripe rust was only found in one out of ten fields in the four county area. (6/11/20)