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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.

6/15/2018

Weather conditions were mostly hot and dry last week. last rain we received was .5 on June 9. Areas to the north and south of us received a greater amount of rain and wind that caused localized flooding and damage. Yet, there are still places that received little to no rainfall. Wheat harvest has started. Double-crop soybeans were quickly planted in recently harvested fields. Straw baling was quickly done to make way for the planter. The corn crop had been looking good until this week. The heat and dry weather are causing plants to conserve moisture by pointing leaves upwards and shading the soil. A rain shower would be helpful. Post-herbicide application continues on soybean fields. Weed pressure has been spotty, but still needs to be controlled. Local grain bids are corn; $3.42; soybeans, $9.05; and wheat, $4.91. Have a safe week.

6/8/2018

Last week was another warm one with daytime temperatures in the low 90s. We received 0.2 of an inch of rain June 2. The dry weather has allowed farmers to finish planting soybeans.
The warmer weather has given a boost to the corn crop. Plant height ranges from 12 inches to shoulder high. There has been some fertilizer sidedressing done where possible.
The earliest planted soybean fields are now receiving a post-herbicide treatment. The majority of other bean fields are a couple weeks behind in growth for this treatment. The wheat crop is continuing to change to a yellow color. Harvest will be here before too long. A second cutting of alfalfa hay was made since the weather was ideal for this chore. Local grain bids are corn, $3.51; soybeans, $9.44; and wheat, $5.09. Have a safe week.

6/1/2018

Last week, farmers experienced warm temperatures that broke a record for the month of May set in 2012. Warmer-than-normal temperatures were quickly drying out the fields as they were planted. This weather pattern changed as remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto moved through the area Tuesday evening, bringing scattered storms and rain showers for several days. Rainfall amounts varied, with some locations receiving more than 1.5 inches. The corn crop appears to look good with the exception of low spots in the fields where the plants are slow to develop due to the damp conditions. Sunshine will resolve this issue. Soybean planting continued until the rain started. Emergence of soybean seedlings has been good since these fields have adequate moisture and warm temperatures. Both crops face the challenge of resident flocks of geese that have decided the seedling plants make a tasty delicacy. I’ve observed several flocks plucking the plants as they walk through the fields. Wheat fields are changing color. I checked a few seed heads and found the grain in the milk stage and plump in size. Harvest is several weeks away. Local grain bids are corn, $3.76; soybeans, $9.98; and wheat, $5.08. Have a safe week.

5/25/2018

Very little fieldwork was done last week due to rain showers. There were reports of 4-plus inches of rain in areas to the south and east of the county. I collected 1.9 inches for the week. Farmers returned to the fields Thursday, applying crop protectants and planting soybeans. Daytime temperatures were in the upper 80s. Young corn plants and emerging soybean seedlings are enjoying ideal conditions for rapid growth. Local grain bids are corn, $3.86; soybeans, $10.19; and wheat $5.14.
Have safe week.