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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.

6/16/2017

Last week, we received about 2 inches of water in the rain gauge. The rain was welcomed relief for the developing corn crop, and recently planted first-crop soybeans and double-crop after wheat. Daytime temperatures climbed as high as 96 degrees, causing several fields of corn to show signs of heat stress. Farmers were busy this week with wheat harvest. Yields were average with a few exceptions of 100 bushels-plus per acre. I haven't heard of any quality issues. Straw baling and double-cropping of soybeans and grain sorghum quickly followed the combines. Wheat harvest was early this year and will give a second crop an advantage of a longer growing season. Some post-herbicide applications were done in a few cornfields where waterhemp and grasses broke through the previous herbicide barrier due to the extremes of the spring weather. Local grain bids are corn $3.57, soybeans $9.08, and wheat $4.41.
Have a safe week.

6/9/2017

Last week, we had a stretch of weather that was favorable for fieldwork. Scattered rain showers passed through the area Sunday (June 4), leaving from .1 of an inch to more than 2 inches of rain, depending on which part of the county you live in. Farmers finished planting soybeans with only a short delay. Wheat harvest has started. Report of moisture levels vary from dry to 17 percent. I've heard very little about yield and quality, but 70 bushels per acre is what I've heard so far. The corn crop is starting to green up with warmer temperatures and plant roots reaching the nitrogen source. Average height of the cornfields is about knee-high. Local grain bids are corn, $3.57; soybeans, $9.14; wheat, $4.31. Have a safe week.

6/2/2017

The pace of fieldwork picked up as field conditions improved. Soybean planting was the highest priority. Sprayers were busy applying herbicides to corn and recently planted soybean fields. Newly seeded soybean fields are experiencing the threat of too much rain and are being replanted. Another threat to no-till soybeans is an invasion of slugs, which has been feeding on the cotyledon leaves of the seedlings and thinning plant populations enough to justify replanting. Other activities included sidedressing of corn and hay making. Wheat harvest is quickly approaching. Local grain bids are corn, $3.46; soybeans, $8.96; wheat, $4.14. Have a safe week.

5/26/2017

Most of the county experienced another slow week of fieldwork after receiving more than 2.7 inches of rain May 20-21. Cooler-than-normal temperatures also contributed to the lack of field drying. However, the southern part of the county received less rain than the north. Planting resumed in the southern part quicker than the rest of the county. Most farmers appear to be done with corn and are working on soybeans. The earliest-planted corn appears to be about a foot tall. However, most of the cornfields in the area average about 4 inches in height. Soybean seedlings are emerging in fields recently planted. Local grain bids are corn, $3.48; soybeans, $9.20; wheat, $ 4.16. Have a safe week.