MO farmer seeing split crop quality
A west-central Missouri farmer says his yield expectations are slightly above average this year as his corn and early planted soybeans enter their reproductive stage. Daniel Carpenter tells Brownfield extensive rain including more than 17 inches since June 25th has caused fields to tell two different stories.
“For the most part, I think over 50 percent of our crop is in really good shape,” he said. “But, just like everybody else around here, we’re struggling on that back 50 percent.”
Carpenter said he’s mostly avoided disease pressure so far and plans to get fungicide flown on this week or next.
“Grey leaf spot is starting to show up a little bit, but nothing too detrimental yet,” he said. “But the way commodity prices are and what crop is in the ground and hitting [the] reproductive stage right now that looks good, we’re going to plan on going ahead and protecting those acres.”
Carpenter said he has some empty patches in his fields where too much water killed his crops and still plans to replant soybeans if it dries up in the next two weeks.