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McLean County

Brian Schaumburg

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.


A month’s worth of rain (3.5 - 5 inches) fell last week. The rain and heat combination has caused an unusual and serious outbreak of pytophthora root rot in saturated soils. This will add uncertainty to bean prospects and crop rating. At 941, GDU’s continue to mount at an unprecedented pace. Risk premium has been taken out of the markets. Corn, $3.41; fall, $3.55; beans, $9.01; fall $9.14; wheat, $4.52.


Oppressive heat returned and some pop-up T-storms came with it. Isolated hail did some damage to crops. Crops are growing at a fast pace with 782 GDUs. Spraying and sidedressing are wrapping up, and we are scouting for disease and insects, putting equipment away and catching up on books. Markets tumbled. Corn, $3.47; fall, $3.62; soybeans, $9.42; fall, $9.59; wheat, $4.81.


Oppressive heat gave way to some hit-or-miss thunderstorms that produced anywhere from a few drops to more than 4 inches. Attitudes certainly improve with rain. Narrow-row corn canopied in May for the first time in my career. Crops continue to soak up sunshine and heat units. At this rate, we will have tassels before July Fourth. Crop ratings are 98 percent excellent. Corn, $3.67; fall, $3.79; soybeans, $9.87; fall $9.99; wheat, $4.76.


As cold and wet as April was, May is hot and dry in our neck of the woods. Rain skirted north and left most of McLean County without. Crop development is speeding along with corn at V3+ and beans VC to V1 with 422 GDU’s. Sidedressing is wrapping up as is corn spraying. Corn, $3.81; fall, $3.91; soybeans, $10.08; fall, $10.14; wheat, $4.81.