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Iroquois County

Ron Haase

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


So many days of 85 to 90 degrees has really pushed this crop to maturity. Soybeans are being cut, and unfortunately, USDA’s Sept. 12 yield report was not far off. Yields have been way above average. We started corn Monday (Sept. 17) with some 114-day corn at 22.6 percent moisture. Most guys are cutting beans now. Some were down to 9.9 percent Sunday. This week, we hosted thousands of monarch butterflies. Apparently, they are attracted to buckwheat, which is planted across the road from us. They rest in our trees and flutter around all day. My wife spread our news on social media, and it was picked up by national news and broadcast all over the country. What a sight to behold! They are beautiful creatures.


Not a lot of harvest activity at this point. We haven’t started yet. Local soybeans range from R7 to R8. Our earliest soybeans are Group 3.4 and should be ready by the middle of the week. Most local cornfields are now at R6 or physiological maturity. Shorter season hybrids are being harvested, and I have heard moisture is at 17 to 18 percent. I haven’t heard many yield reports at this point. Hot, dry weather in July and August will create a lot of variability in local yields. Local closing prices for Sept. 14 were $3.06, nearby corn; $3.31, January corn; $7.75, nearby soybeans; and $7.99, January soybeans.


Harvest started in a few area soybean fields, but it was brought to a halt Wednesday due to rain. We received .6 of an inch Wednesday. Another .5 of an inch has fallen, with rain falling as I write this report. Local soybean fields range from R7 to R8 growth stage. Some early Group II soybeans were being harvested. Local cornfields range from R5 to R6 growth stage. The milk line ranges from 70 to 100 percent of the way down the kernel. Farmers with mature fields were still waiting for the corn to dry down before beginning harvest. Local closing prices for Sept. 6 were $3.20, nearby corn; $7.78, nearby soybeans.


Rain finally arrived. We received .15 of an inch on Aug. 24 and .95 to 1.25 of an inch on our farms on Aug. 29. This was our highest volume of rain since July 6. We received 1.8 of an inch for the month of August. Since planting, only 60 percent of average rainfall has fallen on our farms. Crop appearances changed quite a bit with the 90-plus degree temperatures coming before the rain did. Local soybean fields range from R6 to R8 growth stage. Most local cornfields are at R5 growth stage. The milk line is 50 percent of the way down the kernel up to some fields already having reached physiological maturity or the R6 growth stage. Local moisture readings have tested 22 to 27 percent for the most mature corn. Harvest is getting close for some corn and soybean fields. Local closing prices for Aug. 30 were $3.07, nearby corn; $3.11, new-crop corn; $7.71 nearby and new-crop soybeans.