Temperatures are expect to hit the mid- to upper 90s across parts of the Corn Belt later this week, with forecasts for warmer and drier weather into the third week of June. Growers in some areas will welcome the warmer conditions to spur development – as long as they don’t last too long. Elsewhere, the early heat wave could add stress to an already challenging growing season.
“Scattered showers last week helped work in all the applied side-dressed nitrogen and sulfur as well as residual post-emerge weed control,” reported a producer in southeast Minnesota. “Coming heat will start to push this crop along and is early enough not to hurt yield prospects.”
While conditions were generally more favorable in the western Corn Belt, to the east fields were already starting to suffer, with our analysis of the vegetative index there showing a decline.
“Starting to get very dry,” noted a producer near Seneca in northern Illinois. Another downstream along the Illinois River reported the “corn is beautiful.” But further south in the state a producer said fields were vulnerable from a poor root system due to cold, wet weather earlier.
“Corn everywhere is rolling up in the heat of the day no matter no till or conventional,” this grower said. “And we have only seen 80s.”
Still, USDA reported improving corn conditions Monday it its weekly Crop Progress report, with first ratings for soybeans also good. Overall, growers responding so far this week to Feedback From The Field agreed with that assessment. Average ratings were good for both corn and soybeans.
USDA reported a small decline in its winter wheat ratings, but growers were optimistic.
A Kentucky farmer said harvest could begin today “with yield and quality looking to be very good.”
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