First comes tasseling, then pollination, then fungicide application. The CropWatchers 2.0 team reports crops at all stages with development on track.
For Moultrie County farmer Lucas Roney, the late May and early June planted corn is starting to tassel and should be in full pollination by the end of the week. His April 20 planted corn is all pollinated and looking good. Corn planted on May 14 is almost fully pollinated, Roney added.
“We ended up spraying some of our corn fungicide with a plane instead of a ground rig because of the excess rain last week,” he reported. “We wanted to make sure the fungicide was applied before the corn entered brown silk stage.”
In Roney’s soybean fields, he noted things are looking good. The three inches of rain that recently fell postponed his fungicide application, but he hopes to get them covered with a ground rig soon if it stays dry.
Overall, the widespread rains have provided adequate moisture for crop progress to stay on track, reported Roney.
CropWatcher 2.0 Bryce Williams said crops are looking “pretty nice” in White County. He also reported that rain has been plentiful in the southern part of the state. He’s working to wrap up spraying and baling before another rainfall.
Heat stress was becoming a concern in northern Illinois, according to John Bartman, but a Sunday rainfall helped.
His first week of sweet corn sales went well, but a flock of birds destroyed half of an acre of corn overnight.
In McDonough County, CropWatcher 2.0 Colby Hunt has “no complaints” in his area. Timely rains have helped crop progression and he said the heat hasn’t been too bad.
Watch: Colby Hunt shared several farm projects, including a helicopter taking off to apply fungicide.
“Replant corn is pollinating and looking good,” reported Greg St. Aubin in Kankakee County. He noted first planted corn is in the blister stage and next week he will look at how full filled the ears may be.
St. Aubin’s soybeans are moving into setting pods, but he hopes to keep a steady moisture supply to help fill the crop.
“The temperature is nice this week for continued good growth,” he said.