Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 5, 2015.
Some sunny days last week allowed farmers to get back in their fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 5th. Heavy rains the past several weeks have kept farmers out of fields, and anxiously waiting to see how their crops would fare from the unfavorable conditions.
Spraying resumed vigorously where fields were accessible in hopes of combatting the insect, disease, and weed pressures that flourished in the wet conditions. Farmers see potential for yield loss in corn and soybeans but the full extent of the damage to these crops won’t be known for some time. Lodging, scab, and vomitoxin are primary concerns for wheat.
Effects on corn vary widely, depending on how early the crop was planted. The variance in growth stages complicate rescue efforts such as the application of nitrogen to replace what was lost.