As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to summarize some major agronomic events that happened in the US. Thanks to our Senior Scientist, Dave Pike, for summarizing the 2017 cropping season.
Early in the season, we saw a lot of flooding and ponding effects on crops, so while yields throughout the Midwest were often exceptional, some fields had spots in which yields were off considerably due to saturated soils and loss of nitrogen.
While the Midwest was flooding, there were some very dry areas in portions of Nebraska and South Dakota. Along with these dry areas, we saw occasional outbreaks of grasshoppers and spider mites.
Stink bugs were an issue in the Atlantic coastal regions in some corn fields and required treatment. Red-banded stinkbugs were noted in soybeans along the Gulf Coast at levels that caused concern.
This season some, quite significant losses from hail were noted in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Ohio.
Southern rust on corn was noted as significant in Tennessee and Indiana fields as well as in areas of Nebraska and Kansas again this year.
In summary, I would say that there were many cases of pests and weather conditions that threatened cropping regions, although they were not widely disruptive of production. However, this does not mean that pests or weather were not serious to many growers on the local level.
The last growing season continues to show that the latest crop genetics and farming practices are producing larger crops even under what used to be considered moderately stressful conditions, showing US farmers excellent management skills and adoption of new technology.
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