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Brian Schaumburg

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.

5/19/2017

Summer-like temps in the mid-80s helped speed soybean emergence and green up corn plants. High winds of 40 mph produced dust storms for the first time in recent memory. Corn is at VE to V2, and soybeans are VE to VC. Some replant has occurred, but not to the extent as earlier feared. Markets are reacting to other influences and not to crop conditions in the U.S. Another 200-bushel-per-acre state yield is not likely. Corn, $3.41, fall, $3.49; soybeans, $9.15, fall, $9.05; wheat, $3.76.

5/12/2017

Very little fieldwork was accomplished this past week as cool, wet weather continues to hamper crop progress. We did get one field of beans planted and another sprayed, but just as things were drying out, another system dropped .5 of an inch to 1 inch of rain. A forecast of 80 degrees and sunshine is on the way. Corn, $3.40; fall, $3.52; beans, $9.25; fall, $9.23; wheat, $3.84.

5/5/2017

Our area was the “hole in the donut” for rainfall last week as we picked up only 1.5 to 3.5 inches, far less than others all around us. Cold and saturated soils have seeds struggling to emerge, and those that have are stressed and yellow. A general warmup is coming, but stands are affected, thus reducing yield potential a bit. It is too early to assess replant percentage. Markets are focused on large amounts of corn in farmer hands. Corn, $3.37; fall, $3.49; beans, $9.37; fall, $9.25; wheat, $3.88.

4/28/2017

As we evaluate the fallout from the much-predicted heavy rain event, corn is 90 percent planted, and beans are around 20 percent complete. Conditions are not ideal, but one must say, we are off to a good start. The first seeded corn has emerged with good stands. The six- to 10-day trend is for cooler and wetter, which is not what the doctor or growing plants ordered. Corn, $3.40; fall, $3.52; soybeans, $9.17; fall, $9.14; wheat, $3.82.