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Menard County

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.


We received .8 of an inch in June, and so far for July, .45 of an inch of rain. This is not enough rain. Almost all corn in the area is well into pollination. Beans seemed to perk up from the .45 of an inch of rain we got last week, but all in all, we just really need some rain.


Well, it rained all around our farm… but we continue on without any. At least I haven't had to mow the lawn, and the last time I did was just to knock down the buckhorn. Our corn is just starting to tassel. It is very uneven, but that is the way it came up, too, so I am not surprised. The beans had a lot of work to do to make up for the poor stand we got, but they seem to be doing the job. Disappointment in the garden too… the patch of zinnias we planted have turned out to be all white! There goes my colorful flower arrangements! But, to end on a positive note, my garden plot of popcorn looks fabulous and my citified cousins want to come out to help hand harvest it this fall - jackpot!


No report this week.


Our area is the driest in the state. We are really behind in rainfall. We received showers this week, which were really spotty, and .1 of an inch or .2 of an inch at a time -- not fast enough to keep up with evapotranspiration. The corn has hit the rapid growth stage. It has probably grown more than a foot and has made a nice canopy in the last week. Soybean post-herbicide application has been moving along in the neighborhood.