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Frustrating Start to Season for Area Farmers

May 24, 2019

Farmer’s around the state, including here in White County, have had a frustrating start to their season. Warm, sunny days have been few and far between, while rain has been abundant, leaving many fields bare, or full of weeds due to a lack of opportunity to till or spray. This problem is widespread, as according to this week’s Indiana Crop Weather report from the USDA, Indiana has 14% of corn and 6% of soybeans planted. This compares to a 5 year average of 73% and 43% respectively at this time. We try and stress patience during years like this, as “mudding” in a crop in these conditions will lead to issues for the rest of the year due to the compaction of the soil; however, there comes a point where planting must occur so it will be interesting to see how much more patience producers have left in the next few weeks. Major adjustments to soybeans (such as changing maturity groups or seeding rates) can likely hold off until June, but corn growers should begin talking to their seed dealers about changing hybrid maturities as early as this week. As we approach June, full season hybrids run the risk of being killed by frost this fall prior to reaching maturity, so it may be time to make the adjustment to 105 day corn or lower. Purdue would also recommend paying close attention to disease resistance of these hybrids when making a switch.

For up to date information on these and other issues, I would recommend visiting Purdue’s Chat and Chew Café, which can be found here: https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/cafe/ Recent articles that have been posted include: “Hybrid Maturity Decisions for Late Plantings.” These cool, wet conditions may also prove favorable for certain insect and disease pests. For the latest information on this please subscribe to Purdue’s Pest & Crop Newsletter, here: https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/pestcrop/ For further questions and information, feel free to contact me at 219-984-5115 or awestfal@purdue.edu.

Monticello Farmer’s Market POP Club

The Monticello Farmer’s Market is off and running, and I would just like to remind everyone that, aside from the normal markets on Saturday mornings at 1210 N 6th St; beginning this week the market will also be held on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 P.M. at Constitution Plaza next to the courthouse in downtown Monticello. Tuesday markets will feature all of the normal fresh produce and other products, and in addition features POP Club, which stands for “Power of Produce.” Each Tuesday market will provide games and activities for kids, who can also stop by the POP Club tent to sign up and receive free tokens that can be used as currency at the market to try new fruits and vegetables each week. The program is free for all youth in the county, and will run from May 28th until August 6th.

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