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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.

10/19/2018

Since my last report, we received light scattered rain Oct. 12 and again on Oct. 14. Left a total rainfall of .4 of an inch for the weekend. Combined with cool temperatures and overcast skies, harvest activities were impeded due to the damp field conditions. Soybean seed turned into swollen butterballs, and corn samples picked up one to two points of moisture above the acceptable dry standard. Farmers focused their attention on the remaining cornfields while waiting for the soybean fields to dry out. Combines started to roll in soybean fields by Wednesday of last week taking advantage of the dry weather, which returned for several days. Additional wheat fields were planted as soil conditions became favorable for tillage. Local grain bids are corn, $3.27; soybeans, $7.97; wheat, $4.71. Have a safe week.

10/12/2018

Harvest continues at a steady pace, even though parts of the county received scattered rain last week. Cornfields are scattered throughout the area, but continue to disappear daily. Soybean harvest has been slow due to occasional pop-up showers and high humidity. Green stem syndrome is also contributing to the slower soybean harvest. Despite that, quality and yields have been good. Double-cropped soybeans continue to mature. Wheat seedlings can be seen down the row in fields that were planted the previous week. Double-cropped milo is drying down. Bronze-colored seed heads indicate this crop will soon be ready for harvest. Local grain bids are corn, $3.21; soybeans, $7.78; wheat, $4.59. Have a safe week.

10/5/2018

Last week was a busy one. About two-thirds of the corn crop appears to be done and about a third of the bean crop has disappeared. Double-cropped soybean fields have turned yellow. Lime was applied to several fields in preparation for wheat planting. Some fall tillage has been done in several fields to prepare for next year’s crop. Local grain bids are corn, $3.28; soybeans, $7.86; wheat, $4.68. Have a safe week.

9/28/2018

Scattered showers left a total of .6 of an inch during a 24-hour period. Corn harvest has been steady but not widespread due to the slow dry down of the grain. At current grain prices, farmers are electing to allow the grain to dry in the field. Planting dates and hybrid characteristics are influencing the varied moisture content of the crop. Corn yields have been good and comparable to last year. A few combines were in soybean fields toward the end of the week. Several hayfields have been cut and are waiting to be baled since the weather is favorable for this crop.
Local grain bids are corn, $3.22; soybeans, $7.76; wheat, $4.50. Have a safe harvest.