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Ron Haase

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

7/21/2017

Friday morning (July 21), we received a range of 1.25 inches up to 1.6 inches of rainfall. That rain, combined with rainfall Thursday, totaled 1.35 up to 1.8 inches on our farms. Many acres of corn have been pollinating. Corn development ranges from V12 to R2. We had our cornfields sprayed with fungicide and insecticide last week. Soybeans, not including replant, range from R1 to R4. Some soybean fields are beginning to be sprayed with fungicide and insecticide. Other fields have been stressed by hot, dry weather and herbicides. Waterhemp is beginning to show above the soybean canopy in many fields. Local closing prices for July 20 were nearby corn, $3.61; new-crop corn, $3.67; nearby soybeans, $9.91; new-crop soybeans, $9.86. The Iroquois County Fair will be enjoyed this week by 4-H members and the local agricultural community.

7/14/2017

Rainfall Monday (July 10), Tuesday and Thursday totaled .5 of an inch to .9 of an inch on our farms. Many acres of corn have been pollinating. Corn development ranges from V9 to R1, or silking stage. We are lining up our fungicide application on corn, but I haven't seen any fields sprayed yet. It is hard to time the application due to uneven silk emergence. Soybeans, not including replant, range from R1 to R2.
Local closing prices for July 13 were nearby corn, $3.38; new-crop corn, $3.45; nearby soybeans, $9.54; new-crop soybeans, $9.47. It has been a tough week after losing my uncle seven months after my father. Those two taught me how to farm.

7/7/2017

Rainfall July 1-2 totaled .25 of an inch. With the higher temperatures, dry weather and usage of water by the crops, the soil is drying out quickly. This comes as we are about to enter corn pollination for a majority of the local corn acres, and that is when demand for water is the greatest for the corn plant. Corn development ranges from V8 to VT. Soybeans range from V5 to R2, or full bloom growth stage. Japanese beetles are definitely a bigger problem this year and are being watched. It has been more than 10 years since they were so numerous. Local closing prices for July 6 were nearby corn, $3.59; new-crop corn, $3.65; nearby soybeans, $9.64; new-crop soybeans, $9.58.

6/30/2017

On June 29, our corn was sidedressed with Y-drops, and post-emergence herbicide application was made on our soybean fields before rain arrived. We received 0.1 of an inch of rain with more expected. Surface water remains on a few fields. Soybeans are still being replanted. Corn development ranges from the V5 to V13 growth stage. Soybeans range from V4 to R2, or full bloom growth stage. Japanese beetles have been out a couple weeks now and seem to be more prevalent this year. Local closing prices for June 29 were nearby corn, $3.36; new-crop corn, $3.42; nearby soybeans, $8.94; new-crop soybeans, $8.84.