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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.


During the past seven days, we have continued to dry out, which has given us an opportunity to assess the damage from the rain that came a couple of weeks ago. Many of the soybeans planted three weeks ago before the rain are up and looking good. Stands are slightly thinner than what was planted, but most of the fields are stands that are worth keeping. The corn did not fare as well with the cool, wet weather. Nearly every wet hole has had corn spotted in with some complete tear outs in fields with very spotty stands. Activity in the fields is at a peak with replanting of corn and soybeans, soybean planting and some sidedressing. Spraying has been limited due to the excessive winds in the middle of the week. It was a miserable sight to see, as the winds blew topsoil to the north all afternoon Wednesday.


Another week went by with weather that kept fieldwork at bay.
During the weekend (May 5-6), we picked up another unneeded .25 of an inch of rain. Many fields of corn and soybeans that were planted two weeks ago have been struggling to emerge. Wednesday evening, we received another .4 of an inch, which was well-received to soften the crust that had started to form. Many of the soybeans that were planted before the rain are starting to emerge today. The last-planted corn should hopefully be emerging during the weekend (May 13-14). The corn that is up, still has a sickly pale yellow look to it. It is hard to tell right now how much replant there will be in the coming days or weeks. Most certainly, many will have to replant their ponds, but I am hoping that whole field replants will be few across the county.


Last week was most certainly a frustrating week for the entire county. We started off with a countywide rain April 26 consisting of 1 inch of rain. During the weekend (April 29-30), Sidney received another 3.5 inches. As you travel north in the county, they received slightly less rain. We were fortunate that much of the ponding had started to go down toward midweek and left behind heavily saturated soils. That was until Wednesday and Thursday when we received an additional 2 inches of rain. This rainfall has created more flooding than the weekend's rain. The corn that came up prior to the start of rain has a yellow tint to it now due to our wet, and now cold, conditions. It is too early to tell how much replant there will be for the corn and soybeans in the area, but there will certainly be significant replanting of crops all over the county.


We were blessed with great weather across the entire county last week. Field conditions have been ideal. The countryside has been very busy planting as well as keeping up with spraying. I would estimate corn planting to be between 80 to 90 percent complete with soybeans near 20 percent. Corn planted two weeks ago is up and looking great, but the majority of the corn has just been planted within the last week to week and a half. Wednesday night, widespread rains covered the county with a total in Sidney near 1 inch.