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Brian Schaumburg

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.

6/22/2018

Warm, wet weather continues. Soybean diseases, mostly rhizoctonia and phytophthora, are still causing much concern and replanting. With 1,107 GDUs, corn has never looked better at this time of year. Fungicide and foliar nutrient applications will start soon. The ag sector has lost many billions of dollars. No one wins a trade war. The “huddled masses” aren’t doing too well either. Corn, $3.35; new, $3.48; beans, $8.58; new, $8.69; wheat, $4.46.

6/15/2018

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.

6/8/2018

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.

6/1/2018

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.