County Image

Livingston County

Mark Kerber

Mark Kerber and his son raise corn and soybeans near Chatsworth in southeastern Livingston County. Mark is one of our longest serving Cropwatchers.


We are in the middle of fair season. This is the Livingston County Fair week. Hoping for good weather. Corn continues to look good. Fungicide spraying this week to keep plants healthy and from getting too dry this fall. Soybeans will be next to be sprayed with fungicide and insecticide. Later varieties have no pods yet compared to the early ones. Old corn continues to move as long lines are hindering delivery at some locations. Tent camping and boating with grandkids was the real work for the summer. Think I'll go back to walking soybeans for waterhemp now. You know the markets -- not good.


Corn is pollinating and beans are flowering. We were fortunate enough to catch a good rain to help this process along after the hot weather. Most of the wheat has been harvested with some double-crop beans getting planted. Spraying fungicides will be next on the list.


Looks like corn tassels are ready to pop soon. Corn continues to look good with dark green color. Soybeans are a little more yellow and short, depending on the soil type. Some are replanting ponds for the second time. A few soilborne diseases are a problem in beans. There are a few Japanese beetles around to be scouting for. Wheat harvest is starting as the ground has dried up enough to harvest. There is much corn moving from farmers and elevators to make room for a new crop.


More rain, more ponds, more yellow beans. Corn is looking good. It’s surpassing fence-post height. Sweet corn is tasselling. Replanting ponds has been the main task before the rains. Spraying a second time is also prevalent. Herbicide and weed kill is the main topic of conversation. Markets are in a bloodbath.