May 22, 2009 Douglas Anderson, Extension Educator in Keith, Arthur, and Perkins counties: Our wheat's growing taller and some corn is just coming up while more is going in. It will probably be another week until corn planting is complete. We have some beans, but not too many acres. We got a little rain and pastures are starting to green up nicely. Some hay is almost ready to get mowed. The predicted rain will be welcomed in most parts of these counties.
Bill Booker, Extension Educator in Box Butte County: The wheat crop is suffering from two to three weeks without rain and sometimes warm but always windy conditions. Wheat fields are showing droughty symptoms with the severity a function of soil water conservation efforts — continuous or late planted wheat is generally looking worse. To top it off the cool weather wet weather earlier has produced evidence of tan spot that overwinters on residue. Tan spot is fairly common even in the dry weather of the Panhandle. Thick stands can produce a micro climate that is conducive to the development of the tan spot organisms reported in the May 1 CropWatch article by Stephen Wegulo. The more recent and typical arid conditions usually offer some protection as the stalk elongates and the stalk produces the flag leaf and the head. A lower leaf infection increases the potential for flag leaf infection if there is another stretch of wet weather.