By Doug Cooper, Extension Communications
Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor returns to the weekly crop and weather report this week. Taylor is joined by integrated pest management specialist Rich Pope and corn agronomist Roger Elmore for this week's roundtable discussion on the 2009 growing season.
Taylor says hot humid temperatures will be around for a week or so, but July temperatures should moderate. Near ideal growing conditions are expected for the next couple of weeks.
Pope reports that weeds are still a topic of discussion at the weekly field specialists teleconference. Insects are also starting to show up in some Iowa corn and soybean fields.
Elmore talks about corn recovering from hail damage and how volunteer corn in corn fields is difficult to control with herbicides, saying cultivation is probably the best solution depending on the stage of the corn.