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Carrie Winkelmann

Carrie Winkelmann farms with her husband, Kyle, raising corn and soybeans. Carrie also works as an agriculture literacy coordinator for Sangamon-Menard Extension.


Gray leaf spot pressure on corn brought out the aerial applicators last week. However, I am sure many farmers were very mindful (and rightly so) of the cost-benefit ratio that is being highly impacted by finding ourselves stuck in the middle of a trade war. Hopefully, the corn can make up in bushels what we are losing in the market. The same decision is coming up for spraying fungicide on beans. Beans right now look to have a high yield potential.


After being out of state for more than a week, the only thing I think that needs to be said is just how awesome the corn looks!!!


I am in Portland, Maine, attending the National Ag in the Classroom Conference so I had to call my father-in-law to pass along his thoughts. So, here is the Menard County Crop Report in care of Robert Winkelmann. Fifty percent of the corn is VT or R1. In my corn, gray leaf spot is on the lowest leaves, but is absent higher, especially ear leaf and above. Some neighborhood aerial application of fungicides has started. Soybeans are loving this weather. They are growing, blooming and setting pods. Japanese beetles are here, but seem to be leaving the crops alone. Wheat harvest has been a challenge. Rain has caused the test weight to drop. Enjoy the Fourth!


We finally got rain last week on every field as previous rains have been really spotty. With the rain came some wind. Some corn got blown down, but not broken. The rain means fungicide applications will be foremost in people’s thoughts, but the grain markets won’t help make that an easy decision. Corn is almost ready to start shooting tassels. Soybeans in the area look good, but I think almost every non-dicamba bean in the county has some measure of damage. I have seen a lot of leaf curl and not just in soybeans. My green beans, maple tree saplings and pots of impatients have all been hit.