Corn pollination is progressing well according to one central Indiana farmer, even though the month of July and now early August have been relatively cool. John Hussey in Tipton County says soybeans and the corn crop are in good shape right now.
“It’s not necessarily a total reverse of last year but it is much, much cooler than last year. We’re not getting the heat units and of course that slows maturity down, but everything is looking very good.”
That’s not to say that there aren’t some questionable spots.
“If you could get up high, in an airplane or something like that, there are a lot of holes in a lot of fields of corn especially where the water was just too much for them and there’s considerable damage in areas. The crop that is there looks very good and as of right now we’re looking for a good crop as of today. Many things can change in the next 30 to 45 days.”
Hussey says they just completed spraying fungicide and insecticide on 100 percent of the soybean fields, but that’s not the norm.
“We’ve had some noticeable fungus in the soybeans. We already had them sprayed this week when it was noticed, but we hadn’t sprayed soybeans for 2 or 3 years. This year we sprayed the beans because it was so wet early and I know it’s awful dry now, but if it gets wet again we have protection out there I think for 3 weeks.”
When he spoke to HAT Thursday afternoon it was drizzling and he was hoping to get a full on rain but overall totals have been sufficient this year. Hussey details recent rains in the complete HAT field update:Hussey 8-8 Update