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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Headed For Drought?

Showers have been hit and miss for the last month, but some places are a bit short.  Below shows rainfall for the last 30 days.  Areas in green have had less than 2 inches.  Areas in yellow less than 4 inches.  Short term, we have rain in the forecast for Saturday.  A good rain would certainly help the corn crop toward tasseling and pollination.  Some forecasters are saying that long term weather is expected to be dry.  As in many years, we are two timely rains from a bumper crop. 


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Soybean Harvest in Brazil

By Eduardo Paim

I was waiting to approach the end of the soybean harvest to send you information. Here in Brazil in the main states harvest is ending and for sure Brazil will produce a lot of soybeans, it rained perfect and the rain forecasts that could disrupt the crops will not happen. Argentina seems to have productivity problems. Let's wait. On average Brazil will plant 35% of the second corn crop outside the ideal time. Last year, that's how it happened and we produce a lot of corn in 2017, so if Jesus sends rains we will not have any problems. The rains here are very good and the climate expected to be cooler this year, which should favor planted corn.

Today the government of Brazil has informed that it will sell corn from private stocks in Brazil to lower prices in the domestic market, this should pressure future prices here as well.
Hugs and have a nice weekend.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Using Dicamba this Growing Season

Last year we gained more experience than we wanted to have on evaluating dicamba damage in soybeans that were not traited for dicamba.  While I do not think that the new label requirements adequately address the volatilization issue, I think they will halp to deal with some of the issues people had with their dicamba applications. 

Dr. Aaron Hagar issued a new bulletin today on dicamba use that is worth a read, especially if yo uare using dicamba. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Tunnels in Vietnam

Many of us know that the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong hid in tunnels during the War for safety.  The Tunnels were extensive and were used to store supplies and even get around.  My friend, Dr. Ken Olson explored the tunnels last year.  His knowledge of soils undoubtedly gives new insight.  Check out his news release.  Here is the the full article

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Levee Break is a Big Problem.

Len Small Levee District is at the southern tip of Illinois along the Mississippi River.  I am sure the Corps of Engineers has a reason for not fixing it, but it is surprising that Congress has not overridden them with an appropriation.  If the levee is allowed to continue to be open, there is a good chance that the Mississippi River will cut a new channel taking out roads, highways, and farm land.  It will be like trying to put the genie back in the bottle if it decides on a new route.  This is an outrageous decision on the part of the Corps of Engineers.

This spring's flood is creating problems for many because of the open break.  One farmer is selling out to get away while he can.  Read more here .  I wrote on the same subject in 2016 and included a picture of our group standing on the sand washed out of the break

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rainfall and Drought

There has been a lot of concern about drought in Illinois this winter.  Last week, spring showers started early.  I did a soil boring on Friday and subsoil moisture was good to three feet.  We have had a least another inch since then and more is on the way.  For now, it looks like the drought threat is averted.  As always, we will need rain during the growing season to have good yields. 
NOAA Rain - last 7 days.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Good Soybean Crop in Mato Grosso

By Eduardo Paim:

Here in Mato Grosso the soybean harvest is going well, the weather forecast said that in February we would have many rains and that would damage the harvest and the quality of the soybean. So far we have not had excessive rains and few producers in the north have lost with the rains that persisted for some days. I believe that Brazil will have a good soybean crop, without reducing its productivity.
Second-crop maize is beginning to be planted and rainfall forecasts indicate that it will be a good crop.

Brazil's soybean productivity is expected to ease Argentina's fall, so South America is going to be average productivity!