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Tom Ritter

Tom Ritter is a long-time Cropwatcher and farms near Blue Mound in Macon County.


Rain last Wednesday seemed to leave southern Macon County a little short on rainfall with .2 of an inch. Some received .5 to .7 of an inch. For the most part, it was on the short side of what we needed. With the warm temperatures we’ve had, moisture is probably the biggest concern at the moment. Early-planted corn is rooted deeper and has good, green color. Some of it is approaching shoulder height. Some of the later-planted corn that went through some of the heavier rains is a little more stunted. Also, a major concern about how much nitrogen has been lost due to the abundance of rain we had in April and May. Soybeans are somewhat the same case. Soybeans planted early got pounded and are having a little difficulty coming up. Soybeans planted later emerged evenly and almost caught up to some of the earlier-planted beans. It’s been a challenging spring. A lot of pockets of replant in a lot of fields, but overall, I would rate crop conditions as good. Far from the very good or excellent category that we would like to see, especially with these prices.


No report this week.


Farmers finished planting most of the soybeans last week. In fact, it was a busy week for farmers. Saw about every operation you can think of going on. A lot of spraying post-application of corn herbicide, pre-emerge and post-emerge soybean herbicide, replanting ponds in corn and soybeans, mowing roads and putting up hay. We caught a slight shower last week of .2 of an inch that helped bring a few beans that might not have made it without it. Also, some sidedressing going on as well as a little bit of anhydrous.


Since last week’s report, we’ve had anywhere from 3.5 inches to 4.5 inches of rain. No fieldwork was accomplished. Going into Memorial Day weekend, farmers are optimistic that if showers remain light to nil, we should be able to get in and finish the last 50 percent of the soybeans. Going into Friday, we may start to see some action of post-application herbicides on corn, but there are quite a number of ponds to be replanted in both corn and beans. Some of the corn ponds have been replanted once already, but were quickly drowned out with the large amount of rainfall. Farmers are hoping for a narrow window during Memorial Day weekend to wrap up all the spring planting.