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Recently there has been a number of calls and samples submitted to the Purdue Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (PPDL) worried that they have frogeye on soybean. I know due to the issues we saw at the end of last season there is a bit of concern about managing frogeye.






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After a welcomed break in the rain for most of the state over the last 7-10 days, that window will close again by this weekend.  In fact, the 7-day precipitation forecast (Figure 1) is predicting 2”-4” across Indiana by next Thursday (June 20th).   Beyond that date, the climate outlook is showing strong confidence that above-normal precipitation amounts will continue through the following week (June 25th) and into early July.  Be prepared for pooling water and potential flash flooding! How unusual has this spring been for Indiana?  Believe it or not, this past March-May came in as the 11th wettest spring (15.52”) with respect to the 1895 through 2019 (125 years) time period!  The record spring was in 2011 when 19.58” fell across the state (Figure 2).  What is interesting to consider is in 2011, after the record-breaking March-June precipitation, the rain all but stopped falling for July through October (Figure[Read More…]


During this incredibly challenging 2019 planting season, Indiana corn and soybean farmers are faced with difficult planting decisions.  We have passed the June 5 date to begin electing prevented planting on corn acres, and the June 20 soybean date is quickly approaching.  With more rain in the forecast, we could see substantial acreage across Indiana in this prevented planting scenario. Policy and market dynamics are further complicating these decisions.  For farmers continuing to face delays due to saturated soils, prevented planting may appear to be a rather sour outcome in what is already a challenging agricultural economy.  Can we turn these proverbial lemons into lemonade? Farmers with livestock or neighboring livestock operations in need of forage could look at generating some revenue from these prevented planting acres by seeding forage-type cover crops that could be harvested or grazed starting November 1, and still provide a full prevented planting payment (see[Read More…]





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