Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by Emerson Nafziger

A Good Crop Takes Shape

The “walls” of dark green corn as the crop begins its push to fill grain and make yield is always an inspiring sight, and the 2014 crop is the best I’ve seen at stage of development. It’s been almost this good in June several times, but not at the end of July. The crop condition rating has been stuck at about 80% good to excellent, and this remarkable uniformity is apparent in travels around northern and western Illinois in recent weeks.

The same is true for the soybean crop, though the condition rating isn’t quite as high, and there are areas where the crop doesn’t look great.

Without many serious problems to look at, this is a good time to consider whether this crop will turn out to be as good as it looks, and what threats might linger as we move into the 6 weeks over which yield will be made:

I’ll continue the story on soybeans later, but will only note here that the dry weather we’ve had in recent weeks has been favorable for the early-planted crop, which had been starting to show signs of making the large leaves and tall plants that we have in the past found to produce mediocre yields. But the late-planted crop seems stunted in some areas, and lack of moisture could be limiting growth enough to affect canopy cover and yield potential. These problems are not beyond fixing in soybean fields, but at this point in the season what may be ideal conditions for the corn crop may be less than ideal for soybeans.

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