The erratic spring planting season created a field landscape with crops in widely varying growth stages. Photographer Harlen Persinger documented this field variability in a two-mile stretch on Mayfair Road near Jackson, WI. He traveled the road in mid-July.
The fields ranged from corn at knee-high growth to tasseling. Persinger also noticed heat and moisture stress in some fields due to high temperatures. Thunderstorms have since rolled through the area, hopefully in time to rescue some crops.
Cornfields exhibited leaf roll from heat and moisture stress in mid-July. Thunderstorms have hit the area since.</p>
A late-planted field faced high temperatures and dry conditions in mid-July.</p>
Wet conditions and compacted soil that occurred during planting in late-May created emergence problems.</p>
Stunted, weedy fields will no doubt produce far-below-normal crop yields.</p>
No-till soybeans were in the 10% bloom stage and exhibited no heat stress.</p>
A soybean field endured high temperatures. Wheat harvest in the distant field was one week away.</p>
A cornfield ready to tassel didn’t exhibit as much stress as other cornfields.</p>