State crop reporting data suggests the Wabash Valley areas have suffered significantly in corn and soybean planting delays.
At this writing, a June 22 rainstorm is further impeding fieldwork, closing the window to plant corn, delaying nitrogen applications on growing corn and weed control efforts and limiting yield potential on beans yet to be planted.
Condition of growing crops may vary across the Wabash Valley, primarily a function of planting date, soil drainage and rainfall.
Spring weather has been stressful for area farmers as the 2009 crop has sizeable investment in crop inputs. Management of what crop has been planted becomes even more critical to survive financially. This article highlights resources available from Purdue Extension to assist farmers in making cropping decisions during the coming weeks.
Stink bugs have damaged some corn planted into weedy fields, or fields planted into cover crops. Japanese beetles are now emerging as adults and will feed on more than 350 different species of plants, according to Purdue entomologist John Obermeyer.
Weekly issues of "Purdue Pest and Crop Newsletter" can provide a fast review of current happenings related to insect and disease issues.
One key issue in pest management is understanding the timing of the pest in question and how much damage can be economically tolerated. This weekly publication provides information for timely pest management decisions being addressed by Indiana crop farmers.
The newsletter can be accessed on the web at http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/pestcro....
Monitoring crop growth and development can be a rollercoaster ride in a year like this. Delayed planting will more than likely impact plant growth and development and pest management protocol. A good resource to track corn development issues is the Purdue Agronomy Department website featuring the "Chat 'n Chew Café," which is maintained by Purdue corn specialist Bob Nielsen. The website is updated very frequently and addresses issues pertaining to managing the growing crop. The website is located at www.kingcorn.org/café.
A third resource I keep bookmarked in the Vigo County Extension office is the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab website. The Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab (P&PDL) is a campus-based resource that analyzes plant problem samples from around the state of Indiana.
If rust is breaking out in wheat, if soybean aphid populations are increasing, the information is captured on the P&PDL website.
The website is also useful for homeowners, as many lawn and garden issues, from bagworms control to tree diseases.
Over the years, I have found that if a major plant problem is happening in our area, the P&PDL is addressing the casual factors, providing identification resources and control options. The website is located at www.ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/.
Finally, sometimes addressing plant issues requires old-fashioned human interaction. County offices of Purdue Extension can provide consultation regarding plant problems and options in dealing with said plant problem. Saturday, June 27, will be one such example, as Purdue Extension Vigo County will host a plant hospital at the Terre Haute Farmer's Market.
The program will provide analysis of your sample and recommendations.
The event runs from 8 a.m.-noon.
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com for more information.