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Hey SW

Since you posted up picture of your corn - with the Bacterial leaf streak in it - back on 7/17 - just wonder how it looks now in comparison to some that don't have it in it - or do you think it all has it ?  Also -I heard that it seems to be in the irrigated maybe - more so - Have you done any row and length counts and compared it ?



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Re: Hey SW

We are 30% harvested and flying through it ECIN.  September on the west side of the moisture has been hot and dry.

on the specific issue-- it was a condition in a couple of pioneer varieties that was unique... We haven't done enough comparison to know yet,  it has been present in their research fields for a couple of years and the claim is "no yield affect"...  One of those difficult issues to evaluate.


In general the harvest is disturbing for the speed at which the plant health is deteriating in the 90+ degree breezy weather.  Not a fungus issue and the spider mites seemed to hurt selected fields..... especially the shorter season ones that became mature earlier.

Not much spraying was done late season with nearly everything planted being gmo for worms and boer.  ---- and the economic virus was in full effect......... so it is pretty obvious which varieties and companies cheat on the "refuge in a bag" percentages..  (It really irks me when it is obvious that the refuge is not even the same variety)


The good soils are hanging in there with yields that are comparable to last years average...below expectations.. The sandier and lighter(high ph), which is a lot of our area, is struggling with yields that are 30-40 bushels per acre below normal averages,,,, some places worse...  The acres noted earlier in the year that lost leaf surface to heat scald fell apart.... we finished one yesterday that had some 240 bottoms but the hillsides that scalded were 50-60 bpa so we say an average of 174 for the circle that would normally be expected at 210 and can go to 220 at with good ph varieties.  We have pretty good water and 220 is achieveable on irrigated acres.


The speed of drydown is fast.....we went from 27 moisture to 14 in 7 days....  It looks like an irritated ant hill in sw ks, trucks going everywhere-- I just scaled a load of corn into our elevator at 11.9 moisture.......... E plant is building two ground piles of corn at the same time with 100 to 150 semis in line at a time(dumping 4 at a time).......Elevator is building a 1.4million bu ground pile of wheat to make room for fall harvest (from 5 locations and way too late)......ADM is taking milo at the same time and starting a ground pile.. all within 10 miles....

Good dryland milo around even though the corn is a little disappointing.  

Coop's verbal responses have been telling..... Got these two responses from the same guy in the same day....."We're full of wheat and tired of loosing money."   and in response to the ground pile  "We're going to take all we can and store all we can to make some money"


I'll get you a response on the actual yields of those varieties as we get to them ----- now we are fighting our way through the scald fields before they hit the ground..

We are so dry normally in the fall that varieties are hard to compare..... The new genetics(especially monsanto based) finish pretty fast anyway,  we lean toward things that hold together a little longer to stand the october winds.


I always appreciate your entries and expertise,, as much as regions differ, we all share a lot of specific issues...



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Re: Hey SW

Thanks sw !!!!!!!! What a crop report !- That my be the best from top to bottom report I have ever read - You covered all bases !


27 to 14 in 7 days ----- WOW !


My corn was at half milk line on Sept 12th - This was in our test plot - I did a pretty big ear pull yesterday on it - it was 22 . Made calls to everybody evolved in it last night to shell it off on Thursday - Well - Thunder woke me up around 4:30 this morning and it was pouring - forecast was light rain Late today - tonight -  So no go for tomorrow it looks like .


Got an inch early Monday Morning - gound was surprisingly soft yesterday as we had been dry -


When I was pulling ears yesterday - Around 10 ears - there was one small one - I pulled back the husk and about a 1/3 was white - covered with Dipoldia - the only one - When Talking to Dr Nielsen last night I told him about the one I had found - The shuck was open - ear hanging down - Why was this ear the way it was ???

He said he was not surprised because the plant had prematurely died from the disease and that opened up the door for the disease .


Your 100 % right - we may live - farm 800 miles apart but ???? Farming is farming - whereever you live : ))))


Thanks again !!! 



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