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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.


Last week, the county received a couple of showers Wednesday, ranging from .2 of an inch up to 1.2 inches of rain. The majority of the county received .2 to .5 of an inch. Much of the corn has pollinated and is now brown silk. The replanted/late-planted corn is pollinating in this 90-plus degree heat. The earliest-planted soybeans continue to look the best as they are about to hit R4.


Most of the county caught some sort of rain Tuesday between .6 of an inch in the northern part to 1 inch of rain in areas to the south. Some straight-line winds stretched across an area in the southern part of the county. The earliest corn that stands 6 feet tall handled the wind very well. Fields that were planted later or were replanted did not take the wind so well. The corn was leaning over, but has since straightened up to some extent. Soybeans certainly appreciated the rain shower, as they are all between R1 to nearing R3. Insect pressure in the area is growing some, but not as strong as I have seen in counties to the west.


As I wrote last week, we were receiving a nice rain shower. We received a total of .7 of an inch of rain June 29-30. Many acreas of the county received much less. There were spotty rain showers that passed through parts of the county Thursday, but unfortunately, we missed that rain. Much of the county is on the dry side and could use a rain shower. I would estimate a third of the corn in the southeastern part of the county is pollinating. Less corn than that is pollinating in the northern part of the county. Much of the corn will be pollinating in the next week. Corn pollination is not going to be as uniform as it has been in recent years. Many of the beans are in the R1 stage with some approaching R2. I am hoping to catch a rain shower soon if we are not going to get any more relief in the markets.


Last week was dry until Thursday night (June 29). The cool weather left us Wednesday, which is when the corn started to show more stress. We were fortunate to catch a quarter of inch of rain Thursday. The earliest corn is two leaves away from tassel. The majority of the beans are starting to bloom. I have continued to notice that the nodes on the soybeans are closer together than they were last year. Hopefully, they will stay upright this year and catch some August rains.