While it is very early in the growing season and is a long way to harvest, so far, we are off to a very good start.Once we finally got planters rolling, the pace was fast, the soil worked up well, and emergence has been quick with plenty of heat and soil moisture.
While timely rains are needed in some areas, Ryan Piel, with DuPont Pioneer, says things look good for the most part. “There is not a lot out there that I am worried about,” he said. “If we got some heavy rain, we could have some crusting issues, but so far we are off to a good start.” Certainly this is a different situation than a year ago.
Piel says even weed pressure is not proving to be a major issue at this point, “I had some concerns early about if the herbicides were working with the cold weather, but things have warmed up and we have the moisture to activate the chemicals. I have not seen any early weed problems.” He added that emergence has been even which is good for pollination down the road.