Just a quick update and once again I apologize for the lack attention to the blog. I will try to increase the amount of blogs I kick out here. The problem is content that is worth your time. As crops continue to progress in this area I am seeing more wheel tracks and some discoloration in beets and corn. With soys, it is to early to see much yet but i’m sure compaction once again will rear its ugly head. Temperature fluctuations starting in late May, particularily the 90+ degrees those days leading up to Memorial day and then the drop off in daytime highs certainly impacted the “appearance” of corn in particular but im sure some sugar beets were affected as well. As you know, with a small root system and those kind of temperatures, (corn normally will kind of shut down at about 87 degrees) that young plant struggles to suck up enough water to deal with the heat. So it will show some color change and look a little “off” for a few days. We could use a little rain from Bay City-Midland to the north and in the thumb of Michigan. Corn in this area will soon be, if its not already, at the stage of ear determination for rows. I dont believe the stress is too great at the moment accept for a some drier areas but that should be minimal.  Be wary of people pushing foliar “miracle” products. They usually start coming out about this time. Remember there is no substitute for good basic soil fertilty. Soils are very dynamic and if the basics are in place the only thing that we really need, is water and some heat to go with it. For the most part microbes drive the processes that plants need to aquire nutrition. Good soil fertility balance and physics will get you everything that soil type will give you depending upon weather that year. I have not seen economic responses to foliar nutrition from any product on a consistent basis. Deficiencies in minor elements will respond nicely to foliar correction, but use the right product. Normally that will be a sulfate minor, or for boron, Solubor or a material like it (Sodium Borate type material). Talk to your independent agronomist. Or if you feel like asking a question, post it here. I’ll get to it in short order. Be Careful out there!!