A lot of soybean planting progress was made across the state this past week, as farmers tried to get ahead of this week's daily rain forecast. Most corn planting has been completed in Iowa, with 75% already emerged, according to the May 23 USDA Crop Progress Report. Replanting is likely in areas of northwest, southwest, and west central regions from the excessive wet conditions this spring. Central and north central Iowa saw some frost injury across the regions last week, as a result of last weekend's low temperatures. Seedling diseases have been reported in southeast and east central Iowa over the past week, along with planter adjustment issues. Read more about your region from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists, as they report planting progress and field conditions below.
Joel DeJong (Region 1): "We had several good planting days this past week, and probably have all the corn in the ground that will be planted. Corn acres left are acres that we haven’t gotten dry enough to get to. We also had a lot of rotary hoe use to try and soften the crust on acres planted May 6, 7 and 8 that were having emergence problems after a heavy rainstorm not long after it was planted. Replanting from crust, and standing water, and stand losses—probably the most we have seen here for many years. Soybean planting progress last week was great. Many in the area are now done, and are approximately 80% complete as a whole. However, it rained again this morning, so we are on hold again."
Paul Kassel (Region 2): "My eastern area has completed corn and soybean planting; many of them completed corn and soybean planting about two weeks ago. The western part of my area just completed corn planting and is about 75% complete on soybean planting. There is a fair amount of replanting across my entire area. Some of the replanting is due to excessive rainfall and standing water. And some of the replanting is due to poor stands from poor drainage/wet conditions at the time of planting. However, a lot of the April 15-17 planted corn looks really good."
Angie Rieck-Hinz (Region 3): "In north central Iowa, we have been done planting corn for nearly 2-3 weeks and soybeans were wrapped up last week. We had some frost damage from low temperatures the morning of Sunday, May 15. Some corn lost all leaves above the soil line, but growing points were not damaged and corn is recovering from nearly all reports I have received. Corn is V2-V3 and soybeans are VE to V1. Alfalfa cutting has started. I have seen some scattered cutting from black cutworms, but nothing near threshold. We could actually use some rain to help with bean emergence in some crusted soils."
Brian Lang (Region 5): "On May 18, I had two reports of high populations of Pea aphids in alfalfa; one from Angie Rieck-Hinz, extension agronomist in north central Iowa, and one from Nikki Schulte, Pioneer seed dealer/agronomist near Dorchester. That’s quite a wide swath, although I had not seen any around Nashua or Decorah in the last two days. It takes a lot of aphids to reach threshold, and populations can be spotty across fields. Here are the four most common aphids found in alfalfa fields and economic threshold guidelines from publication IPM-58: The Four Most Common Aphids Found in Alfalfa Fields(1).pdf
As with most insect thresholds and forages, if it is less than a week to harvest, take the harvest (move it up a bit if possible). If it is more than a week from harvest, consider a treatment. The harvest process kills many aphids, but not all. Whether the population rebounds is anyone’s guess. Weather will change; maybe still favorable for the insect, maybe not. Beneficial insects get a start on a lower population of aphids after harvest. However, typical management for second crop growth is to treat for Potato leafhopper at just a few inches of alfalfa growth, which would also handle any aphid rebound."
Southwest and West Central
Aaron Saeugling (Region 6): In southwest Iowa, we currently have over 95% of the corn planted with some emergence issues due to wet soil conditions. I have heard of some isolated black cutworms and damping off of corn seedlings. Soybean planting is around 60-80% complete; a wide range of variability in this area. Some emergence issues as a result of cool soil temperatures, excessive moisture, and crusting. Rye is currently being harvested for silage and a few fields of hay have been mowed. Most producers are waiting until the current wet weather has moved out to mow forages.
Clarke McGrath: "In southwest/west central Iowa, most of our soybean plots are in, so that typically signals that soybean planting, in general, is wrapping up. Corn planting is complete, but heavy rains and crusting issues are setting us up for replant situations. There was some corn replanted Saturday and Sunday (May 21-22), and it will continue today until the rain starts. In some cases, the rainfall will likely help enough seedlings come through that the fields slated for replant will actually end up being left because by the time we can get back in:
1) the rain may have softened the soil and allowed a few more plants to emerge, or
2) it will be late enough that the stand out there might have to be “good enough” by the time it is dry enough to get back into the field.
In addition to the replant, there have been pockets of corn needing the rotary hoe or the harrow drug over it to help break up the crust; I’ve had comments and questions on that from Little Sioux to Walnut, a pretty long run. A rough and wild guess is that 20-30,000 acres have been impacted.
I’d urge growers to take a good look at their soybean stands as they emerge. I’ve had a fair number of questions on emergence issues and herbicide injury lowering stands. For the most part, it doesn’t look like it will necessitate much replant, but there are a few overlap areas or wet areas where growers say they will either completely start over or spike in another 50-70,000 of beans when they get a chance. Watch for a lot of spraying and urea spreading once the weather clears and we can get back in the field; there will be a massive amount of sprayers and tender trucks on the road. Drive safe!"
Mark Johnson (Region 7): "My area is 99% done with corn and very near 99% done with soybean planting. I have had no calls on seedling disease in corn or soybean. I have had one call in northern Marshall on soybean frost damage, but it was spotty in the field and made making a decision difficult. He will probably try to plant 70,000 in small patches without tearing the original up and leave the rest alone. He was in 15-inch rows, and would add to those areas planting in a different direction.
I have had one call in southern Marshall on corn frost damage and while the above portion on many plants looked bad, the growing point was fine and no replant was needed. I did see one farmer baling hay yesterday in Story County."
Southeast, South Central, and East Central
Rebecca Vittetoe (Region 8): "In southeast and south central Iowa, planting progress for corn has basically wrapped up, but soybean planting progress varies more in my area yet. The farthest along I’ve seen corn in my area is at V2, pushing V3 and VC, pushing V1 for soybeans. There has been some scattered reports of black cutworm damage and corn seedling diseases in my area. There was a lot of first cutting alfalfa at the end of last week."
Meaghan Anderson (Region 9): "East central Iowa is almost complete with both corn and soybean planting. I still see a few fields not planted here and there. We have lots of corn in that V2 to V3 range and a lot just emerging, as well. Soybeans are anywhere from just planted to VC stage. There have been scattered reports of minor black cutworm feeding and bean leaf beetle, but nothing economic. I’ve heard many reports of seedling disease in the Washington County area, accompanied with planter issues; get out and scout your fields!"
Virgil Schmitt (Region 10): "Fieldwork resumed in earnest on Tuesday (May 17) with corn and soybean planting and mowing hay. By the end of the weekend, corn planting was virtually complete, soybeans were about 90% planted, and hay cut earlier in the week had been baled.
There are some fields where crusting has posed/is posing a challenge for corn and soybean emergence, and rotary hoeing was observed starting on Thursday. Corn is mostly V2 +/- a leaf and soybeans are mostly not emerged to VC.
There are a few cornfields in which seedling diseases and/or planter adjustment have resulted in stands that are low enough to justify replanting. There have been reports that crop insurance adjusters are receiving lower-than-expected soybean stands. There were a few fields planted just before the cold, wet weather that occurred about two weeks ago. However, the cause is not yet known."
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