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CROP AND RAINFALL REPORT: Temperatures, and rainfall, are below normal

The Crop and Rainfall Report runs each week during the growing season. Information is submitted by La Salle County Farm Bureau members. 

1. Doug Stockley, Earlville — Corn is approaching the “milk” stage of growth. Final yield depends on the number of kernels that develop and the final size or weight of the kernels.

Soybeans are just about at the “full pod” stage with at least one of the pods three-fourths of an inch on one of the four uppermost nodes. Field activities in our area consist mostly of aerial application of pesticide on field corn and sweet corn. Rainfall for the reporting week was one-half of an inch.

2. Barry Beetz, Mendota — No rain this week. We have finished detasseling and rolled right into destroying male rows. This should keep us busy for the next few weeks. We also are mowing roads and preparing equipment for harvest.

3. David Myer, Marseilles — Where are the dog days of August? We can be thankful we are enjoying below-normal temperatures, considering that we are not receiving any August rain. I did receive 0.25 inches of rain this past week with a few stray showers which passed by. Soil moisture still seems good but August rains fill bean pods.

The corn looks very good as it's working on kernel fill. Those dark green fields do look great but I'm sure each field has some spots not as good.

The beans still are blossoming and starting to set pods which leads to pod fill, but the plants still are growing taller. Many soybean fields have or will be receiving aerial or ground spraying of fungicide and an insecticide application hopefully resulting in healthier plants leading to better yields.

Many yield estimates floating around the Chicago Board of Trade, but the USDA reports seem to overrule most private reports while we wait for the annual Pro Farmer crop tour later this month.

The third cutting hay is just around the corner and looks very good.

Let's all be alert next week as those big yellow school buses start the 2017-18 school year without knowing if and when the state of Illinois will provide its share of the funding.

4. Bill Gray, Tonica/Lostant — For this past week I received 0.2 inches of rain. The corn crop condition in my area varies some, depending on where the recent rains have hit and the soil type of the farm. Right now I see no immediate concerns with the corn crop that I need to deal with; the rest is up to Mother Nature.

Soybean plants are getting taller and are setting more pods and still blooming. They have a long way to go before we get an idea of how the crop will be. Insect pressure is minimal, but I continue to watch for outbreaks. I have one field showing chemical damage from a dicamba product that a neighbor used. His beans were resistant and mine were not. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

I’ve been mowing roadside ditches and getting some other items checked off my "to do" list around the farm. Have a good week and be safe.

5. Ken Bernard, Grand Ridge — A dry week to report, with no rain. Crops are still looking OK; it would be good to get another 1 inch in the next week but does not look like any in the forecast.
Bean spraying has all done but there still are weeds in fields; some are getting walked as we did 20 years ago. Third crop hay got baled without any rain on it, which always is a good thing.
The Illinois State Fair is going on now, so summer is winding down. Temperatures have been very bearable, but I would imagine when school starts it will get hot again. Well, that is all for now. Have a fine week.
6. Geoffrey Janssen, Rutland — I had 0.7 inches of rain, which came in a very quick downpour.
I also received some wind yet fortunately with no crop damage. We had a few limbs come down, but the system passed through pretty quickly.
There was a little bit of hail to report at the same time, but the hail was fairly small and did not do any crop damage. We really don’t need hail at this time of the year. It seems as if everybody is getting things ready for fall, the application of fungicide has slowed down, and I haven’t see any planes flying as we have been in the past.
A few Japanese beetles are in the beans, and a few still hanging around in the corn. We are watching those and the beans, so hopefully they will stay in check. Kids are getting ready for school, mowing ditches and trying to keep the yard mowed. Yet there still is grain to be moved as people are starting to get their bins cleaned out for fall.

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