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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.


Except for a couple of fields, we missed the shower that came through. Hopefully, we can catch one or two during the weekend. High winds combined with high temperatures were hard on me and the crops. There aren’t very many fields around here that look real good. Corn that was planted the end of May/early June has a nice, even stand, but of course, is way behind schedule. A lot of the early-planted corn has some problems with emergence. There are a couple of soybean fields that were planted in April that look real nice.


It’s been a long, frustrating planting season, but it’s finally over for us. We started April 24, and 43 days later on June 6 the last field of soybeans went in the ground. That’s got to be a record. It’s amazing how fast the crops pop out of the ground this late in the spring. The good news is, we are getting a little movement in grain prices. Not that they are anything to get excited about -- it’s just that they are not quite as bad as they used to be.


It’s never a good thing when you are still planting corn when the calendar flips to June. This week helped. We were able to get back in the fields Tuesday, and if the forecast holds up, we should be able to run through Friday.


Not a lot to report on, except for more rain. We didn’t turn a wheel this week. It seemed like it at least sprinkled every day since my last report. Hard to tell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me that there is 50 percent of the corn left to be planted in Lee County. June is just around the corner, and the forecast doesn’t sound very encouraging.