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SW Indiana update

Matt ParmerIn southwest Indiana farmers got a slow start to the 2015 season, but fortunes have reversed in recent weeks, and one agronomist paints a positive picture of the crop’s potential.

“I really like what I’m seeing to date.”

Matt Parmer says there have been recent rains, but they have been very spotty.

“Some areas are still planting and there are other areas that are still almost a week off, but we had probably the busiest 9 days of planting that I’ve ever gone through. We went from absolutely nothing done, no anhydrous, no field work done, no spraying, nothing in the ground, to having 95 percent of the corn planted and almost all of the corn is at V2 to V3 stage. And I’d say right now we have probably 50% of the soybeans in the ground.”

Corn stands in the area look good after very uniform emergence this year.

“We planted it all in about the exact same time period in about that first week of May. Soils were drying out pretty fast but then we got a timely rain about a week later that really brought everything back up. So as far as stands go we’re looking really good, really uniform as far as stand establishment.”

Southwest IndianaWith all of the Indiana rivers going through southwest Indiana, replanting is common. But this year is better than most.

“We do have some replants but I would say replants on the whole are definitely below normal. Typically this area of the state has got fairly high replants compared to the rest of the state, but this year fortunately we’re kind of on the other end of that spectrum.”

Parmer says now the biggest concern is catching up with all the spraying that needs to be done.

“As much as that corn went in the ground all at the same time, it all needs to be sprayed at the same time,” he said. “That’s really our main concern over the next 10 days is making sure we get over this crop and making sure we get weeds scouted and sprayed in a timely fashion.”

Matt Parmer covers southwest Indiana for Monsanto.