Wabash Valley area crops have been treated to spotty rains in the past couple of weeks.
I remember an old saying that a dry June will scare a corn farmer and a wet June will ruin them. This spoke of the early dry season providing opportunity for adequate rooting to withstand dryer weather later in the growing season.
In spite of our local challenges in crop development, the rest of Indiana and the nation are talking big crops. The June 12 USDA August crop report pegs national corn production at 12.8 billion bushels, up 5 percent from 2008. National soybean production for the same estimate is pegged at 3.2 billion bushels, up 8 percent from the 2008 level. The forecast of a bid corn and bean crop is causing the grain market to be bearish and demand news of crop development problems or new demand interests. Planning for grain handling and storage this fall will be important. Let us know if Purdue Extension can provide you assistance in your planning effort by calling your local extension office.
Aug. 28 Ceres Solutions Crop Answer Plot Tour
Ceres Solutions will host an Answer Plot field tour Friday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the plot location south on United States 41.
The program will provide crop farmers with private applicator licenses a chance to accrue a private applicator recertification program (PARP) credit. Purdue Extension will coordinate the PARP session and provide information regarding the sensitive crop registry. Private applicators must accrue three PARP credits during the five-year life of their private applicator license. An applicator can only accrue two PARP sessions in any one calendar year.
Persons with questions concerning their status with PARP or PARP program details may contact their county extension office.
Aug. 21 Cover
Putnam County will be host to a cover crop tour Friday, Aug. 21. Ames 4-K Farms and Bryce Arnold will host the event, which will feature updates on farmers using cover crops and their benefits. Cover crops will be explored from their ability to fix nitrogen, improve soil and water quality and improve no-till operations. Contact the Putnam SWCD for reservations at 765-653-7454. Cost for the field day is $5 per person, payable at the door.
Late blight is a fungal disease that causes leaf lesions the size of a nickel and stem deterioration. We have had numerous calls about tomato problems, most dealing with early blight and blossom end rot. If you have questions about your tomatoes, please contact your extension office and we will work together to diagnose the problem.