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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.


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.


From one weather extreme to the other. Our drought area received 5 inches of rain and south of town got hammered with more than 7 inches. The northern part of the county received a more manageable amount of rain. We will finish spraying soybeans with herbicide this week. Crops look good and continue to grow at a rapid rate. We need to settle the trade war talk so markets can stabilize and work back higher.


This area is probably one of the driest in the Corn Belt. I've never seen yards turn brown the first week in June. We received a small amount of rain, but most went north again. The crops are rooted down and continuing to grow. Everyone was busy spraying soybeans last week, but some are not ready yet with little weed pressure. The hay guys tell me the crop is shorter with much less tonnage. Soybean market continues to fall. Who can we sue for this?


Rainfall around Route 24 and Chatsworth was short with only .4 in our gauge. Not a soaker by any means. Crops do look good, though. Sidedressing corn is wrapping up, and corn spraying is the main event before the soybeans are ready. Markets have taken a downturn.