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Tom Ritter

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

7/21/2017

It was a hot, dry week. Had a few showers come through, but most areas got moisture that was unmeasurable. We’ve probably taken a little off the top of our corn yield at this point. Hopefully, we will get back to more moderate summer temperatures this week. Overall, the corn crop looks good. Soybeans are also looking good. A lot of fungicide spraying. With early June heat and dryness, weed control in soybeans has probably been the major concern. Going to be a lot of ugly-looking soybeans fields when harvest rolls around.

7/14/2017

A lot of .4 of an inch to .7 of an inch of rain, but isolated places received 2 inches of rain or better, and other spots received nothing. Overall, the corn crop looks good. A lot of spraying of fungicide going on corn. Soybeans also look good, but there seems to be a lot of bleed-through where herbicides have failed this year due to the dryness and heat we had in early June. Overall, I would put moisture as somewhat adequate. We will definitely need quite a bit more to finish the crop. Overall, crop prospects look good.

7/7/2017

Since the last report, we’ve had a couple of very spotty showers. One farm received up to 1.6 inches of rain and other farms received nothing. There has been no consistency, at least in southern Macon County. Northern Macon County has fared worse. Crops continue to progress. We are in the middle of pollination for the corn. Soybeans are getting some decent growth. Corn may be a little shorter than normal. I would still rate crop prospects as very good, and we will see what happens whether the rain will supplement the growth and needs in the next few weeks.

6/30/2017

Right after I filed my report last week, we had 1.2 inches of rain. As I file this report, I hope the same thing works. Our moisture levels range from adequate to a little bit depleted, but definitely need to be stockpiling some moisture for later on, especially with more heat coming back into the forecast. Overall, corn looks very good, starting to tassel. Major concern is that the plants do not have the normal height as they begin tasseling, even though they will continue to grow at least moderately. Soybeans also look good, depending on when they were planted. Size is related to the heavy rains that fell. Major problem is that the dry and high temperatures in early June affected weed control, especially with waterhemp. Overall at this point, crop prospects look somewhere between good and very good.