Corn pollination is underway across the state. Corn in the dough stage was 1% in the North, 1% in Central, and 2% in the South. Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 74% in the North, 81% in Central, and 61% in the South. Corn has silked evenly so far in all regions in the state at 50%.
The pollination window may be a bit wider than normal this year since we planted part of our corn crop in April and part of it in late May. But overall in the Eastern part of the state, early corn pollination is going well, says DuPont Pioneer agronomist Eric Miller, “Corn pollination is underway in most fields and is progressing without any major problems.” He said timely rains in most areas in the past week has set the crop up to face the warmer conditions that are coming this week.
Miller says the rains that came last week and over the weekend relieved some dry areas in extreme Eastern Indiana, “Blackford, Jay, and Randolph Counties were very dry, but rain last week really helped those crops.” He expressed concern, however, about SE Indiana counties. Like much of Southern Indiana, too much water has been the issue this year, and rains this past weekend exacerbated the situation.
The soybeans are setting up well. Miller stated, “The soybean crop is in full flower and some of the group 2 varieties are showing some pods on the lower nodes. Some are even at R3 growth stage.” According to the latest NASS report, soybeans were blooming in 62% in the North, 61% in Central, and 38% in the South. Setting pods were 17% complete in the North, 23% in Central, and 12% in the South.
While there are some weed issues, Miller says, for the most part, things are better than they were last year. He also said encirca models have been showing plenty of nitrogen in fields and his observations would confirm that.