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Ron Haase

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

9/22/2017

Dry weather ended Sept. 18. We received a range of 2.5 to 4.3 inches of rain on our farms. All the rain soaked into the soil without ponding or causing the tiles to run due to how dry the soil was. Corn development ranges from the beginning of R5 to almost R6. Didn't see any corn at black layer. Doesn't look like we will start on corn until the middle of October. Soybean development for most fields ranges from R6 to R8. A few soybean fields have been harvested in the local area, and we cut a little bit of soybeans Thursday. Local closing prices for Sept. 21 were nearby corn, $3.16; nearby soybeans, $9.31.

9/15/2017

The dry weather continues. We haven't had any rain this month, following below normal rainfall in August. Corn development ranges from R4 to R5. The furthest developed corn has the milk line 80 percent of the way down the kernel. Corn harvest looks like an October event. Soybean development for most fields ranges from R6 to R8. Soybeans planted in June remain at R5. A few soybean fields in the area will be harvested soon. The local closing prices for Sept. 14, were nearby corn, $3.18; new-crop corn, $3.20; nearby and new-crop soybeans, $9.33.

9/8/2017

It was a dry week, and it appears we are at our driest point of the summer here. Some corn is cannibalizing the plant to fill the ear as there is not enough moisture to get enough nutrients from the soil. Corn development ranges from R4 to R5. The furthest developed corn has the milk line 60 percent of the way down the kernel. Soybean development for most fields ranges from R6 to R7. Soybeans planted in June remain at R4. Our group 2.4 soybean fields are getting closer to full maturity. Local closing prices for Sept. 7 were nearby corn, $3.14; new-crop corn, $3.21; nearby soybeans, $9.40; new-crop soybeans, $9.26.

9/1/2017

This week kept us very busy as we hosted eight agricultural tour groups from Brazil. It was a lot of fun sharing our agricultural experiences with them. We received rain Monday (Aug. 28) with a range of .2 of an inch up to .4 of an inch on our farms. Total rainfall for the month of August ranged from 2.1 inches up to 3 inches. Corn development ranges from R4 to R5 growth stage or dent stage. The furthest developed corn has the milk line 40 percent of the way down the kernel. Soybean development for most fields ranges from R5 to R6. There are replant soybeans at R4. Our group 2.4 soybean fields began turning color this week due to maturity. Local closing prices for Aug. 31 were nearby corn, $3.17; new-crop corn, $3.24; nearby soybeans, $9.20; new-crop soybeans, $9.06.