July picks up where June left off

The first week of July was slightly cooler than normal statewide, and again, unfortunately, drier than normal. Corn is starting to tassel across Iowa, and moisture stress is a growing concern. Fortunately, crop breeding has provided us with varieties with improved drought tolerance; however, that only works to a point. Monitoring for pests is important, and grasshoppers and spider mites are two key insects to watch for.

Degree days May 1 through July 9, 2006
May 1 through July 9, 2006 Accumulated Base: 50 °F Degree Days

This article originally appeared on page 204 of the IC-496(19) -- July 10, 2006 issue.

Updated 07/13/2006 - 9:21am