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For the first time this season, we have had a real dry
spell.The past few weeks have been
unusually warm for September and rainfall has been hard to come by.Corn was pretty much done before the dry
weather hit, so I do not believe we will see much impact there.However, it has made cotton move along a bit
faster than anticipated and we are well into defoliation at this point.Our biggest concern has been our soybean
disease plots.Due to replanting, our
soybeans are later than normal and the dry weather has not helped the
development of frogeye leaf spot.We did
get some relief from the dry weather in Jackson, but let’s hope it was not too
With all the warm weather, it is hard to convince ourselves
that we need to be getting the greenhouse ready for winter.However, we have braved the heat and have
things in pretty good shape for another season.We will be running trials in October, so let us know if you have any
projects in the works.
A hot, dry September has been the latest weather challenge
this season.Frequent rains slowed trial
establishment early in the year, but those same rains have produced some nice
trials so we really do not have much to grip about.If the fall continues to be warm and dry, I
would anticipate an earlier harvest season than last year (when it started
raining and would not stop).
Weed pressure has been excellent for the most part this
season as the rain showers have resulted in constant flushes of new weeds.We, of course, are probably the only ones
happy about that.
Insect pressure has been variable depending on the
species.We had some excellent fall
armyworm pressure in our late-planted corn. Plant bug pressure in cotton has
been moderate but steady.Not the outstanding
populations that are seen at times, but enough to get some work done.Soybeans have had plenty of insects except
stinkbugs.However, the stinkbug
populations have picked up in our latest soybeans and I think those trials will
Gray leaf spot in corn was very good this year.It did start a bit later in the season, but
the pressure was more than adequate for fungicide evaluations.The jury is still out on frogeye leaf spot in
soybeans.Pressure has been lighter than
normal and slow to develop.The degree
of separation we will see in yields is still up in the air.
Hope all is well with our friends as they finish off the
2019 cropping season.Let us know what
you need in the way of wheat trials and greenhouse work as those are next on our
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look
well to thy herds; for riches are not forever.