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Larry Hummel

Larry Hummel of Dixon has been farming with his brother since 1975 in the corner of Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. They raise corn, soybeans, and a little wheat.

7/13/2018

No report

7/6/2018

It's tough to stay positive about the farm economy with local bids for soybeans now under $8 and corn prices struggling to stay above $3. But I also know that there are cycles to everything. Hopefully, prices have bottomed out and can start building a base for higher prices and a profit.

6/29/2018

Rain has been the name of the game. Another 1.3 inches last week brings the total for the last 30 days to a little more than 14 inches. A few of our no-till fields were firm enough to get in and spray, but the rest are tough to walk in, let alone drive on. More than a few sprayers have needed to be rescued from the middle of a wet spot. This might be the year that a fungicide application pays off big. Japanese beetles are just starting to appear, but that’s about it on the insect front.

6/22/2018

It appears the monsoon season has settled in northern Illinois. The previous week’s 4 to 5 inches of rain was matched last week. I felt pretty good two weeks ago about the small amount of soybeans left to be sprayed, but that has been replaced with a sour feeling in my stomach as the weeds continue to grow unabated.