Dubois County 2015 Crop Season Well Under Way
JASPER (NNDC) – El Nino effects have provided farms with temperatures about ten degrees above normal for much of the southern Indiana, allowing local farmers to plant half of the season’s corn and almost a third of the soybeans in a single week.
Crop surveys completed by Purdue Extension – Dubois County on Saturday, May 9, 2015 found 83% of all corn fields planted and 31% of soybean fields planted. Weather forecasts predict continued above normal temperatures, and normal to above normal rainfall for next few weeks.
Early planted fields planted between rains may experience emergence and stand establishment problems. These problems may be due to several issues including seedling blights or excess moisture, and farmers should check fields where these factors may be a concern.
As wheat begins to enter the head emergence stage, growers will need to make final decisions for nitrogen and fungicides. Even though N applications can still be made on wheat at this stage, the benefits are greatly reduced as N applications will only improve protein content of the grain rather than actual yield.
Final decisions for fungicide needs should also be made, with wheat scab and the newer striped rust diseases to be considered.
Farmers are reminded that budgets this fall could be very tight for corn and soybean crops as prices return to more traditional market levels. Financial stress could be a real issue for some farm, especially those with a high percentage of cash rent acres, and growers should explore options with local financial institutions where needed.