August rains give north Iowa crops a boost

A north central Iowa farmer says crop conditions are improving after early August rains.

Casey Schlichting of Clear Lake tells Brownfield soybeans were “starting to silver up” before four inches of rain came between the 6th and 7th of the month.

“And then that Thursday we got another three quarters, (so) beans are looking really good in our area.”

While the rain provided a big boost to soybeans, he’s concerned heat and dryness during pollination will hold back corn yields.

“There will be two or three (ears) tipped back, and then there’ll be ten that look great. Then there will be two or three that are tipped back, and I don’t think it’s really hybrid-specific.”

Schlichting says it appears the 94-day corn pollinated earlier and filled out better than his later maturing hybrids.

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