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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.

8/24/2018

Rainfall amounts last week varied from 1 to 3 inches. Cornfields continue to change in color as the plants continue to mature. Since my last report, farmers have started to chop corn silage. Other farmers are speculating corn harvest for grain will begin within a couple of weeks. Double-crop soybeans have greatly benefited from recent rains. The plants in these fields are almost waist-high and continue to set pods. Farmers believe this late-planted crop will yield almost as much as the early planted crop of soybeans. Local grain bids are corn, $3.25; soybeans, $7.84; and wheat, $4.87. Have a safe week.

8/17/2018

Rainfall amounts varied from .9 to 2 ½ inches. It seems unusual to be receiving rain on a weekly interval in the month of August, but we will take it. The chore of mowing the lawn hasn’t slowed down one bit. Crops continue to look good, especially the soybeans. Heavy rain is causing the lush growth of the soybean plants to lay down in several fields. The positive side is the plants are adding and filling pods. Double-crop soybeans continue to gain in height and are setting pods. A few fields of double-crop grain sorghum have started to extend their seed heads. Haymaking has become a challenge for farmers due high humidity and lack of consistent drying days. Local grain bids are corn, $3.47; soybeans, $8.42; and wheat, $5.11. Have a safe week.

8/10/2018

Daytime highs were in the mid-90s last week. Rain early in the week left 1.5 to 2.4 inches throughout the area. Crops continue to look good, since we’ve had ideal growing conditions. Some soybean plants lodged in several fields due to recent wind and heavy rain. Additional growth can be seen on top of other soybean plants as they continue to develop. Aerial applications of fungicide to soybean fields occurred. Double-crop soybeans and grain sorghum plants are taller than knee-high, with the soybean plants full of blooms. Corn plants along roadways are showing signs of maturing. Just a few indicators that summer is slowly starting to slip away. Local grain bids are corn, $3.52; soybeans, $8.57; wheat, $5.34. Have a safe week.

8/3/2018

Last week was one of the mildest this summer. The region received scattered rain. The rain gauge behind the house collected 6.5 inches for the week. Crops continue to look good as they aren’t currently stressed by heat and have plenty of moisture. There are plenty of county fairs to attend. Please take time to support some of these worthy events and connect with our urban friends and neighbors. These relationships can create a better understanding of what is happening on the farm and concerns our nonfarming friends may have. Local grain bids are corn, $3.47; soybeans, $8.45; wheat, $5.33. Have a safe week.