A key piece of harvest preparation includes estimating yield. Much of the Corn Belt experienced high heat during pollination and that can have an impact on kernel set, which in turn impacts yield.
Extra caterpillar activity has been observed in soybeans so far this year and experts from Iowa State University expect late-season infestations in corn.
Late-summer alfalfa seeding is necessary when a spring seeding has failed or an older stand is deemed unproductive. This timing will allow the establishment of alfalfa fields with an improved chance of success.
Heavy winds experienced in the August 10 derecho dramatically damaged crops across central Iowa, northern Illinois and other portions of the Corn Belt. In the aftermath, the question is raised: How do I deal with my damaged corn?
Southern corn rust, a fungus caused by Puccinia polysora, thrives in temperatures above 80 F with high humidity, particularly if corn has been planted late.