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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.


On Nov. 2, we experienced scattered showers throughout the county that hampered harvest activity. Rainfall amounts varied from a trace to upwards of 2 inches. There were even reports of large sized hail occurring near the northern boundary of the county. Cloudy, misty mornings delayed the drying of crops to be harvested. The most progress was made in harvesting corn. Soybean plants remained tough due to the poor drying conditions. Some fertilizer and lime applications were being made while ground travel is possible. Local grain bids are corn, $3.18; soybeans, $9.56; wheat, $4.10. Have a safe week.


Lingering green stems of the soybean plants have dried up due to the freezing temperatures, making harvesting of this crop easier. A few fields of double-crop soybeans remain to be harvested. There are fewer corn acres waiting to be harvested. Additional wheat acres were planted as farmers wrapped up this chore. Some fall tillage was also done in a few fields. Local grain bids are corn, $3.18; soybeans, $9.44; wheat, $4.06. Have a safe week.


We received .5 of an inch of rain Sunday (Oct. 22), which was just enough to dampen standing crops. Subsequent winds helped dry the crop enough so harvest could resume the following day. Most of the first-crop soybeans seem to have been harvested with a few fields remaining. Several fields of double-crop soybeans have also been combined. Additional wheat fields were seeded this week. Corn harvest has been slow as farmers focused on soybeans and wheat. A few farmers in the area are getting close to being done with harvest. Local grain bids are corn, $3.14; soybeans, $9.21; wheat, $4. Have a safe week.


On Saturday (Oct. 14), we received .5 of an inch of rain, which benefited recently planted wheat fields. Soybean harvest pace picked up last week as fields dried out. A significant amount of acres were harvested. Corn harvest has slowed since the focus has been on soybeans. Recently planted wheat fields appear to have good emergence with new seedlings turning uniformly green. Local grain bids are corn, $3.10; soybeans, $9.31; wheat $3.91. Have a safe week.