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Iroquois County

Ron Haase

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

5/19/2017

With higher temperatures and no rain, the soil dried and farmers returned to the fields May 13. As the week went along, activity increased. This morning, it is raining and field activity will be stopped. Rotary hoes were the first implements to enter fields to help corn emerge. Field cultivators, planters and sprayers were next to get busy. Corn and soybeans were being planted and replanted. The early-planted crops were growing fast with all the heat during the week. Corn development ranges from being planted up to the V2 growth stage. Soybeans range from being planted up to the VC growth stage. After a lower move on the day, local closing prices for May 18 were $3.38 for nearby corn, $3.46 for new-crop corn, $9.14 for nearby soybeans, and $9.04 for new-crop soybeans.

5/12/2017

Wet weather continued in our area last week. The only field activity since April 26 has been helping surface water drain off the field. Mowing is one of the few other activities possible. It rained .4 of an inch May 6, .9 of an inch May 9 and .4 of an inch May 11. We are still not able to tell how much of our crops will need to be replanted. Some of our corn is still emerging. Our no-till soybeans are just beginning to emerge. The first-planted corn is in the V1 growth stage. Local closing prices for May 11 were nearby corn, $3.38; new-crop corn, $3.49; nearby soybeans, $9.32; new-crop soybeans, $9.23.

5/5/2017

The wet period continues. It rained April 29-30 and May 3-4. We received a total of 2.2 inches this week. The only field activity since April 26 has been farmers trying to help the surface water drain away quicker. It will be a while before we can enter the fields again. Crops planted near April 19 were emerging in about 10 days. The crops planted after that have been much slower to emerge due to the colder soil temperatures and saturated soils. Everyone is wondering how much replant there will be. Local closing prices for May 4 were nearby corn, $3.36; new-crop corn, $3.47; nearby soybeans, $9.40; new-crop soybeans, $9.24.

4/28/2017

Planting and other field activities were brought to a halt as wet weather arrived. We received .6 of an inch of rain Wednesday evening. More rain is expected during the weekend. We finished planting corn and switched to soybeans. We also finished planting all our soybeans shortly before the rain started. All our fields were sprayed with herbicides as well. We completed planting in seven days, which is the first time that has ever happened. While we finished, some farmers just got started due to varying soil conditions. Other field activities included applying anhydrous ammonia, spraying herbicides and leveling fields before planting. Local closing prices for April 27 were nearby corn, $3.38; new-crop corn, $3.49; nearby soybeans, $9.20; new-crop soybeans, $9.14.