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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.


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.


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There has been more haying done this week. The weather has been good for it. We haven’t had any rain for two weeks. We are unloading and hauling corn out of bins. Weed and insect pressure has been normal and under control. I saw my first Japanese beetle. Corn really greened up when it hit that urea, and the beans are really looking good.


We received a much-needed 1.8 inches of rain this week, which was perfectly timed to activate the urea we spread. Some things go right every once in a while! I missed last week’s article and had wanted to say that a lot of hay was down and baled last week. Corn is really growing, and we are going to have to put on drops for the remainder of the corn herbicide. Dealing with some Callisto drift damage on beans that will require a replant.