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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.

10/12/2018

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.

9/21/2018

We received scattered rain Wednesday that varied from .2 to 2.0 inches. The pace of corn harvest picked up through the week. Grain moisture ranges from 14 percent to the low 20s. Cornstalk quality is fragile, but holding up. Several fields of first-crop soybeans are quickly turning brown with a few green leaves remaining. A few soybean test plots and fields have been combined. Bean harvest is about a week away. Local grain bids are corn, $3.04; soybeans, $7.59; wheat, $4.58. Have a safe harvest.