The summer crop and rainfall report, which features crop condition and rainfall updates from La Salle County farmers, is published regularly during the growing season. The following report covers June 15 through June 21 and is provided with assistance from the La Salle County Farm Bureau.
David Hall, Serena: Hot and dry is the theme of the week. Several storm chances passed the immediate area by, so I have zero rain to report this week. Area activities included mowing ditches, post spraying soybeans and cleaning up spring equipment.
Crops are growing well but need rain. Rule of thumb is an inch a week in a perfect growing environment. Most cornfields are knee high and soybeans are variable. Weed pressure is low to moderate with the lack of rain.
Markets are sideways awaiting the June 30 acreage report. Hard to imagine fall prices much lower than they are right now, but anything seems possible this year. Stay safe and healthy!
Barry Beetz, Mendota: We had a half inch this past week. It was definitely welcomed. The crops are growing fast with the sun and heat. The commercial corn rows are shaded over and the early planted narrow row beans are about shaded in. Producers are still spraying beans and mowing ditches. This week we are also fixing small tile repairs that we found during planting. Other than that, just paperwork for the Farm Service Agency programs and crop insurance. There are small chances of rain this coming week, so let's hope we all get some more.
David Myer, Marseilles: This past week the corn roots found the nitrogen in the soil we applied as it turned dark green and started growing rapidly unless it looked like a pineapple plant protecting itself from lack of rain and warmer temps, but we received just at an 1 inch over two nights after limited amounts previous three weeks. Soybeans needing the rain hadn’t been growing much but maybe that’s just typical for June. Spraying corn is almost done, unless a fungicide application just after the tassel appears. Many bean acres got sprayed before the Dicamba deadline, just hope after the rain we don’t see a huge new flush of weeds appear. The wheat has started to turn, so about three weeks the combines should be rolling just after the Fourth of July. Hay regrowth looked very encouraging for a good second cutting. With COVID-19 restrictions easing up I’m not ready to change what I’ve been doing the past couple of months, will continue family time on weekends or when our paths cross as most activities or events just are not going to happen this summer.
Bill Gray, Tonica/Lostant: Last week I received 0.1 inch of rain. A few showers just missed our place. Some of the latest planted corn had herbicide applied. Most fields of corn are well over knee high and we are now watching it for insect pests and any disease that we may have to deal with. Soybean fields vary in height from about 8 inches tall to just emerging. As fields need it, they are being sprayed with herbicide to control the weeds.
We have been spraying weeds in soybean field fence lines and getting our spring equipment checked over and put away. We even managed to get away a couple evenings and catch a few catfish that will be hitting the hot oil very soon. Have a good week and be safe!
Ken Bernard, Grand Ridge: For the week we received 0.6 inches of rain. That really is helping the crops and the hay as well. The corn is looking better but the underlining factor is that the corn planted in the middle of May is the corn that has thinner population from uneven emergence. The early planted beans are looking pretty good. The wheat has started to turn so I would guess about the 10th of July is when harvest will begin but I may be wrong, it could be a little earlier. This week is a week of paperwork and getting things turned in for certification of planting dates and other paper work. Not a fun week in my book! Have a wonderful week and a safe one.
Geoffrey Janssen, Rutland: Another warm week in the southern part of the county. We did receive 0.4 inches of rain, which came late Saturday night or early Sunday. It was definitely welcome as some of the earliest planted corn had started to roll in the afternoon with the heat and wind. Corn is getting some nice height to it. We have a lot of corn knee high and higher. Soybeans are getting a decent size to them. Everything is responding to the heat and limited amount of rain that we had had. No real pests to report at this time but definitely keeping any eye out for them. Activities have been mowing ditches and some baling going on. We are cleaning equipment from spring yet, that takes time but is a necessity.
Rainfall (in inches):
David Hall 0
Barry Beetz 0.5
David Myer 1
Bill Gray 0.1
Ken Bernard 0.6
Geoffrey Janssen 0.4