Crop Report for Week of June 16, 2020

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As we move into a period of rain until Thursday what are going to be issues to work through. Nitrogen loss in some crops tobacco specifically some have not got in the field to put on much nitrogen plus the later it gets we need to look at greening issues going into the fall you will need to balance growing a healthy plant vs curing issues. This is a very unusual year most nitrogen for corn has been put on and should be okay. When it dries up weed issues will be a concern more cultivation and spraying may be necessary especially grass. When it dries out and the sun turns hot the tobacco may struggle on disease especially target spot so scout fields especially if you have wrap tobacco that cannot tolerate many wholes in the wrapper. Hemp will be planted after the rain concerns about disease will be at the forefront soils will be water logged if we know one thing hemp does not like wet feet. Keep scouting fields for insects. They will be out after the rains in full force budworm larvae is being found on tobacco plants already. Stinkbugs have been out on crops for a while. I am seeing armyworm moth flight increases. Scout your fields and be prepared to tackle issues that come forth from this unusual year!