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Warm Weather Pushing Crop Development

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Warm Weather Pushing Crop Development

While farmers in much of Indiana have enjoyed good planting conditions and quick crop development, NW counties have suffered from too much rain and excessive planning delays.  Carl Joren, with DuPont Pioneer, says that in these areas planting is just wrapping up, “I talked to a grower who was just finishing soybean planting over the weekend, so it has been a very delayed and difficult season for this part of the state.” The latest USDA update indicated that more than 90% of the corn and soybeans that have been planted in the north have emerged.

Meanwhile for much of the rest of the state, the warm weather has pushed crop development ahead of schedule. “In West Central Indiana we are just a few weeks away from tasseling and even some soybeans are beginning to flower,” Joren stated. USDA statewide figures show that more than 3/4th of the state’s corn and soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition. The average temperature for the week was 74.7 degrees, 3.6 degrees above normal for the state.

Joren says that this accelerated timetable means growers may need to make some adjustments, “In soybeans, if growers have not made post planting applications of herbicides, they may be running out of time.” The cutoff date for the Liberty Link system is R1. For Dicamba in the Roundup Ready to Extend program, it is R2.