Picture Iowa - Lush soybeans

By Joseph L. Murphy

A soybean field near Boone blends into the horizon yesterday. Crops across the state are seeing some disease pressure from sudden death syndrome but according to the weekly crop report 51 percent of the crop is rated good and 25 percent is rated excellent.

 Lush green fields and blue skies pain the landscape of Iowa during this time of year. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy)

Lush green fields and blue skies pain the landscape of Iowa during this time of year. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy)

“I am seeing corn fields starting to show premature yellowing as well as in soybean fields,” said Grant Kimberley, ISA market development director and central Iowa farmer. “I think the excessive rain, humidity and heat as of late is starting to increase some disease in both crops. Yields are still probably good, but it could be taking the top end off.”

Originally published for the Iowa Soybean Association. Find more great stories at: www.iasoybeans.com/news