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Out in local fields, this week.

If you are growing wheat this year and applied foliar fungicides to protect the flag leaf, then you did the right thing. The cool, wet start to May was a great environment for leaf diseases and the diseases are evident in local wheat fields.  In the attached photos, the first two show a local wheat field badly infected with Wheat Stripe Rust. As you can see, the flag leaf is almost completely affected by this pathogen.

This same cool, wet May weather has caused some emergence issues in soybean due to heavy rains compacting the soil surface, so rotary hoes are being used to improve emergence. The third picture in the photo series shows soybeans pushing up a section of crusted soil.

Currently we have corn growth that varies from just planted to V4 stage and soybeans are about the same with some just planted and others at first trifoliate.