I am seeing some really good crop development progress in my area. Most of the corn is tasseled out. I am thinking that July 20 will be an average date of pollination date for my area. It will actually be a little earlier than that in the southeast part of my area and a little behind that in the northwest part of my area.
I have not seen any soybeans in the R3 stage of development (3/16 pod at one of the top four nodes). However, the soybean crop looks really great in a large part of my area.
I am also seeing soybean aphid a little more common in ‘normal’ fields. Normal fields – in this case – are fields that a long distance from river bottom areas/wooded areas. Soybean aphids are still at a very low level – even those fields.