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Ron Haase

Ron Haase has been a long-time Cropwatcher and farms near Gilman in Iroquois County.

7/13/2018

It was a dry week in our area. Our last rain fell July 5. The dry weather allowed crop dusters to apply fungicides all week. Walking soybean fields to get waterhemp escapes is becoming more prevalent. We will start today. Soybeans range from R3 to R4 growth stage. Our soybeans were sprayed with fungicide and insecticide July 11. Corn development ranges from R1 to R2 growth stage. Most local fields are at R2. Our fungicide application on corn was sprayed July 6-7. Other local cornfields are still being sprayed with gray leaf spot being the threat. Local closing prices for July 12 were $3.11, nearby corn; $3.23, new-crop corn; $8.13, nearby soybeans; $8.08, new-crop soybeans.

7/6/2018

Our big rainfall event occurred the afternoon of July 5, bringing a range of 1.0 up to 2.2 inches of rain. For the week, we received 1.1 up to 2.3 inches. This arrived as our corn began the pollination stage. Soybeans range from R2 up to R3. We will be considering a fungicide application on our soybeans this week. Our soybeans are waist-high or taller. Waterhemp continues to look worse above the soybean canopy in many fields. Corn development ranges from V13 up to R1. Most fields are pollinating. We’re making a fungicide application on corn this morning (Friday). Local closing prices for July 5 were $3.17, nearby corn; $3.29, new-crop corn; $8.18, nearby soybeans; $8.15, new-crop soybeans.

6/29/2018

It was a dry week. Field activities included spraying herbicides in soybean fields that finally dried out and sidedressing nitrogen in corn. Soybeans range from R1 to R3. Phytophthora continues to cause damage in soybean fields. Waterhemp escapes are appearing above the soybean canopy. Corn development ranges from V11 to VT. Most local fields are near V15. I saw some fields showing their tassels. It looks to be hot during pollination. Japanese beetles have been present for a couple weeks in the local area. Local closing prices for June 28 were $3.19, nearby corn; $3.30, new-crop corn; $8.40, nearby soybeans; $8.43, new-crop soybeans.

6/22/2018

Rainfall arrived June 19-21. We received a range of 1.9 to 3.0 inches on our farms. Field activities included spraying herbicides in soybeans and side-dressing nitrogen in corn. Part of our side-dressing was completed before the rain.
Soybeans range from V5 to R2 growth stage. Phytophthora has caused problems in many area soybean fields. Corn development ranges from V9 to V12 growth stage. Most local fields are at V11-V12. Local closing prices for June 21 were $3.29, nearby corn; $3.42, new-crop corn; $8.55 nearby soybeans; and $8.61, new-crop soybeans.