July is starting out a little more normal, as in, the rain is more spotty and irrigation systems can be seen running around Michiana. Remember the Farmer’s Almanac claims average rainfall for July, with little or no rain in August. Area with heavy soils continue feel the pain. This little soybean plant was planted late May and never got a good footing. As rain hit its saturated soils again west of Goshen on Monday, the plant was dropping leaves and pulling the plant up revealed a rotting root system.
The wet weather has provided a great environment for Septoria Brown Spot in soybeans. This disease infects the lower leaves first and then moves up the plant. If you wish to treat soybeans with fungicide, spray at R2 (Full Bloom).
Lodged corn continues to recover from last week’s wind damage. Goose-neck occurs when the top of the plant straightens up, but the lower part of the stalk is very curved. With adequate soil moisture in the weeks following the injury, the roots should regenerate and continue to serve the plant through the growing season. Goose-necked corn is can be more difficult to harvest.
Disease pressure is showing up in corn leaves, scout the lower leaves first. If treatment is desired, plan on spraying fungicide during tassel.
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