Photo by Jim Langham
Photo by Jim Langham

VAN WERT — “If things continue as they are now, we’re heading for a good corn crop,” said Van Wert County Ohio State University educator Curtis Young earlier this week.

“A lot of the corn fields look pretty good,” said Young. “We have gone through a successful pollination. There is no disease pressure in the corn at this time.”

Young said that there have been some rumors of “tar spot” in some of the corn but he hasn’t witnessed any in Van Wert County. He said that there has been some farther west in Indiana and Illinois, but he hasn’t witnessed any in Van Wert County.

“It can do significant damage if it gets established but I haven’t seen any,” said Young. “I haven’t documented any as of yet. Our corn leaves are looking really clean.

“In June we had a mini-drought but in July we had ample rain,” continued Young. “Because it was so dry in June, our root growth was not that good. We have a little bit of leaning, but things are much different now.

“Because of the rumors, we have had a lot of fungicide spray go on. I haven’t seen any justification for it,” added Young. “Most of the corn fields look good.”

The beans are a different story, however, noted Young. He said that some of the bean fields look questionable, depending in what part of the county they are located in.

“Some of the beans have been struggling because of how dry it was,” said Young. “Some of the fields lost a lot of their stand, especially between the tile. Some fields look pretty decent and others have big holes in them.”

Young said that if consistent one- inch rains continue, bean plants that are alive could come around. He said that the fortunate part is that soybeans have a lot more flexibility in them. They can recover what was lost.”

The educator noted that many of the hay producers are on their third cutting.

“I would not be surprised to see fourth and maybe fifth cuttings,” said Young. “The only thing is that we don’t want to stress alfalfa plants before winter.”

“The main problem right now is that many fields have significant weed pressure,” added Young. “Many farmers didn’t get the spraying done they needed during the rainy time.”