Battling Weather Adversity in Western Iowa

My AgVenture Yield Specialist, Denny, is with me rain or shine...all year-round. We've been working together for a total of about 13 years. Here's what he has to say about our season so far:

"In western Iowa, we started out like a lot of people — extremely cold. To start with, we were very, very dry in the area. A lot of guys were very conservative starting up the year, not wanting to put in much fieldwork. So we dealt with a lot of trash that normally we probably wouldn't have. It seems like a lot of the ground stayed cold all the way through May, and my guys held off planting. We still had a lot of issues with corn coming up, because of the extra trash in the field and the cool temperatures.

Weather is always a variable and we've experienced some problems here with the weather — which I know a lot of other areas have, too — but we had pretty big widespread hailstorm and heavy rains go through part of my southern territory that actually hit Jeff. He had to replant just about 7/8 of what he planted the first time corn and beans. The hail lasted long enough that you couldn't even tell where crop was out there.

They waited almost 2 weeks before they came out and made an evaluation of whether they should replant or not. It looks like some of the smaller corn should've made it, but the hail stayed on the ground long enough that I think it froze the growing point. So there is a lot of replanting being determined a little bit later than normal. But like I say, a lot of places have different things to battle this year like the weather we've had.

We did early up a little bit. We didn't go real early — some guys jump into that hundred day. We didn't do that. We tried to stay 106/108. You still have to go after yields, and to be that far south and to go hundred-day corn, I was afraid we would get beat up in yields. He would be happy to deal with a little more moisture and get more yields then to have something halfway dry - no yields.

He does have a beautiful stand now. Everything he replanted came up in about five days. We planted a little bit thicker and he says I don't think there was a kernel that didn't grow. It's just a little behind right now.

When we replant we plant just a little bit thicker population because you're planting later, so you're only going to get so many ears, so to be real big you'd rather have more ears than not enough. Like I said every kernel did grow too, so for being that time of year, we had good warm temps by that time, and he worked the ground right ahead of it, and he really has a good stand in the ground."

- Denny Kasperbauer, AgVenture Yield Specialist at AgVenture of Western Iowa