Farmers are having a good time in north-central Indiana as corn and soybean crops are in good shape.
“I tell you what, things were looking pretty solid out there. Growers are pretty excited about where we stand right now. We have a long way to go obviously, but from where we started with varying planting dates and moisture levels and just the cool temperatures this spring, the crop got started on a lot of different dates but right now things have greened up for the most part, especially the corn is looking real good and guys are really excited with that,” Daniel Stauffer, Specialty Hybrids local field sales representative.
While stating that soybeans are now coming along nicely, he added that growers are getting more optimistic about that crop.
In corn, Stauffer says variability in planting dates and rainfall is resulting in variability in corn tasseling.
“Tassels are shooting at different times or unevenly in the field. As you’re driving around you see that quite a bit and so that causes some challenges for guys on when to do that fungicide application in the corn. But it also may be expands the window of pollination by having those tassel shooting a little differently. No, it’s not perfect, it’s not ideal, but that’s a benefit that could come from it, the longer window in that corn.”
While noting that there are different approaches applied using fungicides, he said some farmers are doing it right before pollination but others are going to wait till beginning brown silk or full brown silk to get as much residual activity out of their fungicide applications when they do that.