This year’s planting dates were very far apart with some of the crops planted in late April and the rest in late May. Yet development has evened out quite a bit, according to Mary Gumz with DuPont Pioneer. She told HAT some fields are at the R1 stage while others are starting to dent. Overall, however, she says the crops have evened out a lot since planting.
With the majority of the crop in the critical reproductive stage, the hot and dry conditions are causing problems and cutting yields. “Especially in areas north of Lafayette we are seeing a good deal os stress,” said Gumz. “South of Lafayette, the crops are in better shape from a moisture perspective but would still benefit from some rain.”
Gumz says, if the rains come this weekend, it will be just in time to halt further yield loss in corn and get the soybeans on their way to pod fill, “If we get rain over the next week, that would be outstanding.” She added soybeans need at least one more good rain or perhaps 2 to get them to the finish line. Gumz says yields are going to be good, but not as good as we saw in 2014 due to the weather stress we have seen this summer.