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David Schaal

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

7/21/2017

Showers unexpectedly moved in from the north Sunday evening (July 16). I gathered .5 of an inch in the gauge, and was very happy we got that until I talked to a buddy at the county fair from the northwestern part of the county. He received more than 1.5 inches. Again, rains are very spotty. The heat is on, and it is starting to cause damage and shave off bushels. A lot of the corn in the area is trying to pollinate. I don't know how well that is going to work with the heat we have. Fungicide is going on earlier-planted beans. Markets have recovered a little since last week, all due to a weather market. Find a good meteorologist, and you will know what to do as far as marketing. Activities include grain hauling, mowing roadsides and hay cutting. Everyone stay cool, and have a good week.

7/14/2017

No report this week.

7/7/2017

Had some rain that swirled in Wednesday evening from the east. It left .35 tenths in the gauge here, but there were places north and northeast that received more than 2 inches, while other areas in the county had virtually nothing. Crops, for the most part, look pretty good. A lot of corn is now tasseling except for that which was replanted, but it is looking good also. Markets made a little rally after the report, and a lot are hoping it hangs on and goes a little higher. Farmers are catching up on odd jobs, along with roadside mowing and yard mowing. Until this last little splash of rain, yards were beginning to show some dryness stress. Post-spraying of beans has almost come to an end, but not sure everything is going to be killed. Have a safe week.

6/30/2017

It’s been a quiet week around here as far as the weather. Early corn that was planted around Easter is beginning to tassel and shoot ears. Still some soybean spraying going on. No pest problems to report other than a few Japanese beetles. Farmers cleaning equipment and doing some mowing. Everyone have a happy and safe July Fourth.