As would be expected, the lower lying areas of fields are showing more severe symptoms but I don't think the higher spots of many fields were fully out of danger. The corn you see in the pictures will certainly survive, but the above ground tissue will certainly not survive. It also did not seem to matter if the plants were larger, with a couple of leaves, or just spiking out of the ground; all got hit. I have not seen any soybeans that have emerged, but have heard of some. They, as well as any newly seeded alfalfa and beets probably got a kicking in the last couple days and will need replanting. We can only wait to see.
Another note - with the increased acres of conventional corn planted, there is an increased concern of the amount of European Corn Borer that may survive if we get any major ECB flights this year. To help track that I purchased some ECB pheromone traps and have one yet without a home. If you would like to have one at your place, let me know, and I will get it to you when the time to monitor them comes. My only requirement is that you look at it once every few days to help monitor ECB flights.
Kooper and I were talking about staging crops for pesticide applications and such. He put a few words in about the importance of properly staging your crop:
Crop Staging is very important when it comes to raising a successful crop. There are several reasons why it is important to properly stage the vegetative growth stages in your fields. When it comes to applying herbicide to your crops, it is a necessity to be able to properly stage your crops. Herbicide that is applied to early or too late, in accordance with the herbicide label, will more often than not result in a crop injury, which often results with decreased yields. For example, in the next several weeks, some people may be wanting to apply Status to your corn. If you apply your Status before V2 growth stage in corn, it is likely to see twisted whorls and buggy wiping in your plants. Ultimately reducing your potential yield for the season. Similarly, when applying fungicide at the wrong stage of the plants’ development, in some cases, the fungicide will have no effect on the plant. Meaning you are just throwing money out the window. For a successful 2016 farming season, be extra sure you are properly staging your fields this season.