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Agronomist Suggests Extra Eyes when Evaluating Crops


Get help with questionable fields

Late July 15 CornThis week is forecast to offer plenty of warm, dry weather across Indiana, a real anomaly for a very challenging 2015 growing season. One agronomist covering the northern half of the state says the very localized rainfall, makes it tough to generalize about crop conditions, but Kirby Bacon says certainly many have been hit hard.

“Unfortunately for many fellas at this point there are a lot of acres out there, maybe an unprecedented amount of acres that have suffered just too much damage from saturated soils and anaerobic soil environment conditions,” he explained. “We just don’t have any oxygen left in the soil profile and with that of course we lost a lot of opportunity for growth. So we’ve got corn plants as well as soybean plants that have been in the ground since the last week of April to the first part of May and they should be at VT or tassel at this point. In many instances they’re not and they’re not going to be.”

On the other hand Bacon says some farmers, primarily on the sandy soils in the north, have some fields that might yield the best they ever have. Bacon told HAT for farmers facing any uncertainty about the economics of spending more money on questionable corn and soybeans, now is a great time to touch base with a crop advisor or agronomist.

Kirby Bacon“I strongly advise that. As we look at the economics of individual operations I think it is absolutely critical that you get eyes on it from a trusted advisor, someone you work with and feel confident in. It’s entirely possible that you may have a field that just simply looks very poor, but depending on when it was planted and what the age of that particular field is, it may yet have potential that can be capitalized on.”

Bacon is with Monsanto. Hear more of his observations in the HAT interview:Kirby Bacon update