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Ron Haase

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

6/15/2018

Rainfall arrived June 9-10. We received a range of 1.5 to 2 inches. I finally had to mow the lawn for the first time in a month. Farmers have been spraying herbicide in soybeans, side-dressing nitrogen and hauling grain this week. Early planted soybeans began flowering at the beginning of the week. Soybeans range from V4 to R1 growth stage. Corn development ranges from V6 to V10 growth stage. Most local fields are at V9 to V10. Local closing prices for June 14 were $3.32, nearby corn; $3.49, new-crop corn; $8.99 nearby soybeans; and $9.09 new-crop soybeans.

6/8/2018

Soil continues to be dry as we missed scattered pop-up showers June 7 that brought some rain to others. Corn plants have been rolling their leaves every day to conserve moisture. Farmers have been spraying herbicides in soybeans, sidedressing nitrogen and hauling grain. We finished spraying herbicide on our soybeans Tuesday. Soybeans range from V2 to V5 growth stage. Corn development ranges from V4 to V8 growth stage. Most local fields are at V7 to V8 and are determining the number of kernel rows for the potential ear. Local closing prices for June 7 were $3.45 for nearby corn, $3.61 for new-crop corn, $9.46 for nearby soybeans, and $9.54 for new-crop soybeans.

6/1/2018

Soil continues to be dry, although we did receive light showers May 29-31. The most rain that any farm received was .6 of an inch in total. Farmers have been spraying herbicides, sidedressing nitrogen and hauling grain this week. Soybeans range from the VC to V3 growth stage. Corn development ranges from V3 to V6 growth stage. Most local fields are at V6. Local closing prices for May 31 were $3.63 for nearby corn, $3.78 for new-crop corn, $9.88 for nearby soybeans, and $9.93 for new-crop soybeans.

5/25/2018

The soil is getting dry with lack of rainfall and hot weather. Farmers have been spraying, sidedressing nitrogen and hauling grain. Soybeans range from being in dry dirt up to the V2 growth stage. Corn development ranges from emergence up to the V5 growth stage. Local closing prices for May 24 were $3.73 for nearby corn, $3.87 for new-crop corn, $9.98 for nearby soybeans, and $10.07 for new-crop soybeans.