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green fields Hallelujah, it finally rained. We got a small shower early this morning (0.46 inches) and it is cloudy and cool today. We certainly needed that rain and a break from the heat. Our field doesn't look that bad, however, I looked at the field yesterday at noon and the plants were showing signs of drought stress. The plants from different rows haven't "closed the middles" completely, but they are touching leaves. You'll remember that was a concern we had earlier in the season.
plants with insects on them The plants in our row are almost as tall as the flags now. The plants have just about stopped their upward growth, so they won't be getting any taller. We really can't see individual plants now without pulling them apart. Notice that some of the leaves have holes in them. It seems we have some insects chewing on the leaves. Click here to see the insects that are on our soybeans right now.
plant with about 30 pods By placing the poster board behind our first plant you can see the individual plants.  We don't have very many pods on this plant, only about 30 pods. The heat and drought stress has taken its toll on the plants and the number of pods.
second plant with more leaves Our second plant appears to have more leaves and possibly more pods. There could be some more pods develop, but not very many more. How do I know that?  It's quite simple. There aren't very many flowers blooming now. Pods develop from the flowers. Later, in the fall when the leaves have dropped off the plants, we will be able to count the number of pods.
top portion of one of the plants This is the top of one of the plants. You'll notice there are not many pods up here compared to the lower parts of our two plants. That's not unusual.  The distribution of pods on the plants reminds me of the shape of a Christmas tree... A lot of pods at the base and they taper off as you move up the plant.
pod of one of the four uppermost This is a pod at one of the four uppermost nodes. The seeds are about 3mm or 1/8 inch wide. This plant is at the R5 stage of development. Things really happen at this stage, but you'll have to wait until next time to hear about it all.

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