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Boone County

Brian Sisson

I've been working as a seed company District Sales Manager for the past 6 ½ years in North Central Illinois. The family farm operation is located in southeast Boone County, Illinois. The original home farm has been in my family since 1840. The family farm is a cash grain - corn/soybean operation. My father and uncle are the principal operators of farm. I am working my way into becoming a partner in the farm operation since I graduated from college in 2008.


Hello, this is Gary Greenlee, filling in for Brian this week and next week. We received another 1.5 inches of rain Wednesday night through Thursday morning on the east side of Winnebago County. We also had .5 of an inch of rain last Sunday (July 16). Western Winnebago County received about 3.5 inches with some road flooding. High humidity keeps hanging around. Most late-planted corn seems to be catching up, but there is some unevenness in most fields. There are some Japanese beetles, but not at an economic threshold, yet. Beans appear to be decent, except for the low/wet areas. Post-spraying is still not complete. Wheat harvest picked up, still generally in the 80- to 100-bushel range.


Much of Boone County received another 2 to 5 inches of rainfall last week. Rainfall totals since the last part of June range from 8 to 15 inches across the county. Early-planted corn has started to pollinate with the majority of cornfields still being one to two weeks away from pollination. Gray leaf spot, rust and early signs of smut are starting to show up in cornfields. Soybeans are finally starting to flower with post-spraying continuing to be a struggle. Early wheat harvest results have yields ranging from 80 to 100 bushels per acre.


Much of Boone County received 1 to 2 inches of rain Wednesday afternoon. The corn crop has finally reached its rapid growth stage, and most is between V7 to V10. Some of the early-planted corn is about seven to 10 days away from tasseling. Early-planted soybeans are just now starting to flower. Post-spraying soybeans has been challenging with many fields in southern Boone County being waterlogged. Wheat harvest is expected to begin during the weekend.


As we close out the month of June, many growers have finished the first round of sidedress and have started to post-spray beans. Most of the soybean fields around the area have yet to start flowering. Much of the area received 4 to 7 inches of rain Wednesday evening and another 0.5 to 2 inches Thursday evening. Southern Boone County received some wind and hail damage. There have already been reports of smut starting to show up in cornfields throughout the area. Wheat harvest could begin as early as next weekend.