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Crop dusters begin their work

Corn pollination is underway

Among farming activities underway in La Salle County in the past week has been the aerial application of fungicide and pesticides over fields.
Among farming activities underway in La Salle County in the past week has been the aerial application of fungicide and pesticides over fields.

The Times' summer Crop Week feature regarding weekly crop condition and rainfall updates from La Salle County farmers enters Week 8. Crop week runs every Saturday during the growing season.

The following report covers Monday, July 2, through Sunday, July 8, and is provided with assistance from the La Salle County Farm Bureau.

Doug Stockley, Earlville — Corn is just about finished pollinating. Most of the silks fall from the ear when it is inspected. The height of the corn is 110 inches. Soybeans are in the beginning pod stage of growth and are 30 inches tall. Field activities in our area during the past week consisted of detasseling corn, combining wheat, baling wheat straw and hay, aerial fungicide applications in corn and aerial pesticide applications in other crops. Rainfall for the reporting week was 0.3 inch.

Barry Beetz, Mendota — We had 1.2 inches of rain last week. However, it brought milder temperatures and significantly less humidity. We are fully into detasseling season, and the field corn is getting sprayed with an airplane for disease and insects. The soybeans are about ready for a fungicide and insecticide treatment as well.

David Myer, Marseilles — Summer 2018 is rolling past really fast — almost as fast as our corn is developing this year. We can be very thankful to have received 1.4 inches of rain over the Independence Day holiday period because it’s been a couple of weeks without much precipitation.

The corn has tasseled and many fields have pollinated with very good weather and soil moisture at this time. I'm still weighing whether fungicide spraying will just be another expense, or will it have a positive return?

Soybeans are growing well and setting blossoms with little insect pressure at this time.

Wheat harvest is finished and straw baled, although yields were about average, but quality was very good even though test weight was a tad low.

Oat harvest is also just getting started, though very few acres are in our county for harvest.

Excellent quality hay has been made the last week on this year’s second cutting.

Grain markets are taking the brunt of the tariff actions prompted by the Trump administration, but we have hope this will be corrected in the near term as the price of corn has lost more than 50 cents a bushel while soybeans more than $1.50. Who else out here has had their income reduced that much recently?

Bill Gray, Tonica/Lostant — No report this week.

Ken Bernard, Grand Ridge — For the week, I received 1.6 inches of rain. It came at a nice time for everything. Corn, beans and the second crop beans were planted in the wheat ground and some of them were up in three to four days. I also got all second crop hay baled without any rain on it.

Weed pressure in soybean fields is still a problem. They were sprayed a month ago and now the water hemp is starting to press through. Planes are flying around spraying fungicide on the corn; we are only doing some fields where we feel there may be a good payback. Markets are not very attractive, and after going to Grand Island, Neb., I wonder if they will be. All the corn and beans look pretty good. Nice and green. Not much else to report, hope all will have a good time at the La Salle County fair.

Geoffrey Janssen, Rutland — Corn pollination is well underway in my area. There seems to be a lot of aerial application of fungicide going on at this time. A fair amount of corn is getting sprayed. Soybeans are growing nicely after the recent rain. I did receive 1.4 inches of rain last week.

Rainfall (in inches)

Doug Stockley 0.3

Barry Beetz 1.2

David Myer 1.4

Bill Gray no report

Ken Bernard 1.6

Geoffrey Janssen 1.4

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