Hot, dry weather helping some crops catch up

Published Jun 19, 2024

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Tar spot is emerging in parts of the Corn Belt, but hot weather is currently mitigating its impact, according to Dr. Chad Lee from the University of Kentucky. The extended planting season has caused disruptions in crop management, leading to weed issues and necessitating additional treatments. While there is potential for a decent crop, expectations for high yields should be tempered. Kentucky's corn crop condition has slightly improved to 60% good to excellent, as per the USDA's latest Crop Update.
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Tar spot is starting to show up in parts of the Corn Belt and an agronomist at the University of Kentucky says he continues to monitor its movement. Dr. Chad Lee tells Brownfield its hot enough that it tends to keep tar spot away. “This is the second or third day in a row we’ve been at 90 and we’ve got a few more days like that in the forecast,” he says. “So those type of conditions are favorable against tar spot and other diseases for that matter.” However, he says the prolonged planting season has farmers off on their crop management schedule and weeds have been problematic. “A farmer may have put a residual down in front of corn or soybeans, and by the time they got planted, that residual is played out and they needed to consider another residual,” he says. “Or they may be looking at a second post emergency application that they wouldn’t normally do most years.” Lee says there’s still time to raise a good crop – ...
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