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Champaign County

Daniel Herriott

Daniel Herriott farms with his father, Steve, and his brother, Matthew. They grow corn and soybeans near Sidney in southeastern Champaign County. Daniel is a second-generation CropWatcher. Daniel also works in agribusiness, covering Champaign County and surrounding counties.


The beginning of the week continued to stay hot and dry. Tuesday afternoon brought scattered showers for the northern part of the county that totaled between .2 of an inch to more than 1 inch of rain. Wednesday evening brought another round of rain and storms. Sidney totaled around 2.6 inches, while just 5 miles to the west received 1.5 inches. Along with the rain came some wind that slightly blew the corn, but it will straighten back up with no issues. The most advanced corn is V8 and the most advanced beans have six trifoliates with a few blooms. Cornfields are relatively clean, while some of the beans fields in the county are in need of a post-application of herbicide.


As I was falling in a trend of writing about weekly rains, I seem to now find myself on the other end of writing about another dry week. Continued dry weather last week allowed everyone to get caught up. All of the replanting and the re-replanting has been finished, but I still find myself hesitant to want to bury the planter into the back of the shed yet. Many have been busy sidedressing corn and getting the second pass of herbicides applied. The largest corn is coming close to shading over the rows, while some of the youngest corn is only at V2. Beans are anywhere from emerging to third trifoliate. The crops certainly vary more in their maturity this year than they have in more recent years.


Another drier week for most of the county has meant a great amount of activity in the fields. During last weekend, there were spotty rain showers, but most of the rain stayed to the north. Many were out sidedressing early-planted corn while starting some second-pass chemical applications. Planting is nearing completion. Some are still finishing planting soybeans for the first time. Many are also planting corn and soybeans for the second or even third time in low areas. We have some April-planted beans we are still waiting to patch in the low areas for the second time. Some areas of the county had to bring out their rotary hoes to help corn get out of the ground. I feel fortunate that my own crops have been off to a good start with minimal replant compared to others in my area.


Last Friday (May 19), we received another round of rain throughout the county with precipitation ranging from 1 inch to just short of 3 inches. Many ponds that were just replanted filled back up. We are waiting to see if those areas of the fields will need to be replanted again. The week remained cool and damp. Crops continue to be stressed with little crop growth. Corn is staged anywhere from VE to V4 and soybeans from germination to V1. We could certainly use some warm and dry weather to get this crop growing.