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David Schaal

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

5/19/2017

Field activities really escalated last week with no rain and warm, windy conditions. There was a whole boatload of corn replanted, along with some replanted soybeans. A lot of corn stands were too thin to keep, and a lot of fields were totally ripped up and redone. Some farmers patched in where water pooled and left the rest of the fields. There is rain in the forecast for this weekend. Everyone is hoping it doesn’t destroy the second crop going in the ground now. Hopefully, everything will be better the second go-around. Grain markets really took it on the chin Thursday with soybeans being down 31 cents. As the planting season continues, everyone stay safe.

5/12/2017

No field activity again since last report. Thursday morning, creeks were out of their banks again for about the fourth time this month. Storms came through Wednesday night, leaving 2 inches of rain in the gauge. Spot areas had up to 3 inches. Everyone has been scouting fields and looking to see if the planted crop is going to survive. In our area, a small rain would have been good to continue the process of bringing some of the corn through the ground. There is going to be quite a bit of replant when it does dry up. Corn stand counts are not going to be close to what they should be. Hoping for a dry stretch of weather to replant and continue planting. Stay safe.

5/5/2017

There has been no field activity since my last report due to heavy rainfall. After my last report, we received 8.25 inches of rain. This has been disastrous for us. Either straight-line winds or a small tornado went through the area Saturday evening (April 29) that damaged houses, sheds and barns, and took down several power poles east of the little village of St. Peter. The Kaskaskia River is out, which leaves many fields underwater. It is to crest Saturday at 28 feet, which leaves it 10 feet above flood stage. Farmers are thinking a lot of replant will have to happen when drier weather appears. We will evaluate and go from there. Along with all the water, temperatures have been really cool. Good or bad for the seed in the ground? We will see. Stay tuned.

4/28/2017

It was a chilly Thursday here after a cold front came through Wednesday evening, which left 1.2 inches of rain in the gauge. Since last report, everybody has been busy. A lot of acres have been planted. Corn went in the ground quickly into excellent soil conditions. I finished with corn during the weekend (April 22-23) and planted a few soybeans. Several planted beans Monday (April 24) and Tuesday and backed off, being a little leery of the weather forecast. That inch-plus would be just great right now, but for our area, they are forecasting 4-plus inches during the weekend. Hoping the meteorologists are wrong. Fungicide is going on the wheat, and it looks excellent. As farmers are up and down the roadways, be safe.