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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.


Everything is planted or prevent planted. June-planted crops emerged fast with a great stand, but 2 inches of rain last week, with more coming, is creating saturated soils and ponds. Crops are really behind, and the calendar keeps ticking away. Knee-high by the Fourth might come true, but I don't believe rain makes grain is correct, unless it's July or August. Do we reward the markets with sales or wait for prediction of explosive prices?


Planting is nearly complete in our area. There was just a little prevent planting around with one large producer not planting anything. Late-planted corn and soybeans look good especially after receiving .5 of an inch of rain. Hard to believe, but it got really dry in a hurry. My neighbor replanted some corn in ponds and found dead fish. Sidedressing nitrogen and spraying corn is keeping farmers busy along with mowing. Markets have responded to the short crop that we are going to have.


What a difference a week can make when the sun shines, the wind blows and the rains skirt us to the south and north. A lot of corn and soybeans were planted in the southern part of the county, but not under the best conditions. Northern Livingston County is still trying to dry out. Prevent planting is an option for some. I have planting records dating back to 1966 and have never seen the majority of planting this late. Let's hope for a dry October/November harvest season.


Another rainy week has delayed planting into June. Very spotty rains were heavier in the northern part of the county again. Most of the federal crop insurance businesses have put on meetings explaining our different options of prevented planting or planting late into the growing season. Corn and soybeans that were planted look pretty good unless there is standing water on the fields. Markets are on the rise with less acres planted and lower yields from late planting.