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St. Clair County

Dave Hankammer

Dave Hankammer farms in a partnership with his brother near Millstadt, approximately 20 miles from St. Louis. They produce corn, soybeans and wheat.


Summertime temperatures returned after we had a brief break from the heat during the weekend of July 7-8. Daytime highs reached into the high 80s along with lower humidity. The last rain we received was an isolated storm that left .6 of an inch July 5th. The rain was limited to a small portion of the county. Crops have been looking good through most of the week. There is moisture in the soil, but the heat is beginning to dry it out. Corn started to show signs of stress by late week. Several cornfields were treated with fungicide. Soybean plants are knee-high and starting to set pods. A majority of the fields have been treated with a post-herbicide to control weeds. The end result of the treatment has been good. From alfalfa to sudangrass, any size and shape of bales could be seen in the area’s hayfields. Farmers are planning to have plenty of hay for this winter. Local grain bids are corn, $3.27; soybeans, $8.12; wheat, $4.67. Have a safe week.


We survived last week’s storms with minimal damage. We found some green snap in several cornfields, but the damage is minimal. Japanese beetles can be seen feeding on silks, but the population is low at this time. Beetles seemed to be causing more damage to the fruit trees and ornamentals. Early planted soybean fields are knee-high and blossoms can be seen. Emergence of the double-crop soybeans has been good. Local grain bids are corn, $3.27; soybeans, $8.23; and wheat, $4.97. Have a safe week.


We received 1.7 inches of rain last Tuesday. Winds toppled trees on power lines, causing poles to snap. Several rural roads were closed while road and utility crews worked to restore power in these impacted areas through the night. Crop damage was minimal. Pooling water could be seen in low areas of a few soybean fields. Local grain bids are corn, $3.31; soybeans, $8.45; and wheat, $4.72.


Another week of heat has passed with daytime temperatures in the mid to upper nineties and heat indexes over 100 degrees. Scattered showers passed through the area late Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon with rainfall varying from a trace to .6 of an inch. Wheat harvest is quickly coming to a close as farmers finish baling straw and plant double-crop soybeans and milo. Wheat yields varied from 55 to more than 100 bushels per acre with most yields in the 55- to 80-bushel range. The most common remarks made about the crop were the slow dry down of the grain and low test weights. Corn tassels can be seen in several fields. This crop is still in need of rain, especially as we reach pollination. Soybeans appear to be in good condition. Plants are developing a leaf canopy that will shade the soil. Again, we need rain for this crop. Local grain bids are corn, $3.40; soybeans, $8.61; and wheat, $4.88. Have a safe week.