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Our field is still in good shape. The leaves have a nice green color,
however, you'd have to admit, the field doesn't look as good as it
did when it was in full bloom. But that's what we expect this time of year. The heads continue to droop.
Since August 2nd, we've had about 0.19 inches of rain, but today it was 98
The heavy heads are causing the stalks to have an extreme bend or crook. That's because the seeds are getting heavier by the day. Usually, we don't worry about the stalks breaking, but sometimes when the head is bigger than we like to see and combined with wind, we'll see some stalks will break over. It will be a while before we see any stalks breaking.
I don't see any head moth larvae. I know they are there because you can see the brown frass of the larvae. The sunflower head moth larvae causes damage, but quite often we see a disease called, Rhizopus head rot that's associated with head moth infestations. The lesion on the back of the head allows disease organisms to enter the head and cause damage.