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David Schaal

David Schaal raises corn, soybeans and wheat near St. Peter in Fayette County.

6/16/2017

We received a very welcomed rain Wednesday night and Thursday morning, which left a strong inch in my rain gauge. Wheat harvest in the area is near complete. Wheat producers said yields were good, as were test weights. After wheat was cut, farmers were putting beans in dry soil, hoping for a rain. Rains in the area may have saved those double-crop beans, as well as some of the spotty bean stands. Farmers have been cleaning equipment, and mowing roadsides and waterways. There has also been some corn respraying going on, along with some soybean spraying. Have a good week.

6/9/2017

It has been another dry week here. On Sunday (June 4), there were some showers around along with some pockets of isolated downpours, which left 3 to 4 inches of rain in a couple small areas. I didn’t receive any measurable rain at the farm along with most people in the county. The height of the corn crop is all over the board with what was planted around Easter being waist-high and looking pretty good to corn just emerging. Everyone is nearly complete on planting soybeans, except in the Kaskaskia River bottom where levees blew out and sand had to be removed. Wheat harvest will begin around here June 10-11. The wheat crop looks like it will be OK. Will have more to report on that next week. A nice .5 of an inch to 1 inch of rain would sure be welcomed now. Have a good week.

6/2/2017

We have had a dry, very productive week. A lot of soybeans have gone into the ground. I finished beans Wednesday afternoon. Several are done or getting close to wrapping it up. There was also some patching in for the corn crop for the third time. Sprayers are trying to keep up with the beans going in the ground. With a dry week of weather, I assume there will be wheat cut in the area within 10 days. As people are wrapping up, be safe.

5/26/2017

I received a little more than 2 inches of rain since last report with most of that coming early Saturday morning (May 20). Not a lot of field activity around the immediate area. Fields are not much on the dry side. If area farmers had not replanted so much already, more planters probably would be on the roll around here in the next day or two. Some of the first-planted corn has developed a holcus leaf spot, which is a whitish-yellowish spot on the leaf. No fungicide rescue treatment can take care of it. A lot of acres to be planted around here, and some are thinking they will have to plant corn for the third time. Good times. Fun times. Be safe as we struggle to finish planting.