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Tom Ritter

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

7/13/2018

No report

7/6/2018

Another week and adequate rain to go with the heat. A week ago Sunday, we had from 1 to 3 inches. We had light rain Thursday with more in central Macon County. At the moment, corn and beans look very good. A lot of fungicides are being flown on. Most feel harvest will be going by the first week of September with some corn picked late August.

6/29/2018

Three weeks in a row of an inch of rain or better each week. Crops looking good, with excellent plant color and health. Corn fully tasseled and pollination is going on with little stress to interfere. Looking at a few warm days, but also more rain forecast. Sitting good for early July. No field activity, but planes are starting to apply corn fungicides.

6/22/2018

We had more than an inch of rain last week with more coming. I know farmers are never happy, but I have heard as many farmers complain of too much rain as just the right amount. Crops are looking good with a lot of corn tasseling. There has been no fieldwork to speak of due not only to weather but also the time of year. We are a long way from putting grain in the bin, but I am more optimistic of a good crop now than I was two weeks ago.