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Sangamon County

Jimmy Ayers

Jimmy Ayers raises corn and soybeans on his farm near New City, which is five miles south of Rochester.

6/16/2017

The county fair came to town with less than .5 of an inch to 1.5 inches of rain across the area. Some of the beans put in drier dirt have the opportunity to take off and grow. Spraying early beans for the second pass worked really well this week. A lot of hay was finished before the rain. Corn is looking good. Still a tremendous amount of unevenness across different fields, but some of the fields leveled out and look really well. Markets are moving a little bit. Get ready to sell if it’s good for you.

6/9/2017

It was a really busy week. Replanted beans, hay being baled, lots and lots of sprayers. Pretty well got dried out, and it looks like we might be heading for a dry spell. Some corn and beans look fantastic, but a lot doesn’t look quite so good. We’ve got spiked corn to 3 feet tall. Beans are from planted to V3. Markets started to react a little bit to the way the crop looks. Sangamon County Fair kicks off June 13-18. If you get the opportunity, be sure to get out and join the county fairs.

6/2/2017

No report this week.

5/26/2017

We managed to gather up another 3.5 inches of rain. Not much activity. A little bit of roadsides being mowed. A lot of the replanted corn got water on it again. Probably 25 to 30 percent looks really good. Not sure where they get good to excellent numbers from, but I don’t believe it’s around our area. Some beans planted ahead of the rain are struggling, but some are looking really good. There is a big difference in the crops, depending on moisture and planting date.