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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.


We received almost 10 inches of rain Sept. 7-8 due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon. Localized flooding occurred in low-lying areas where road ditches and streams didn’t have the capacity to handle excessive amounts of water. Creeks within the area overflowed their banks flooding nearby fields. Some of the crops were underwater, but the extent of the damage may not be known until harvest. Several fields of hay were mowed. Corn harvest has slowly resumed as ground conditions will allow. Local grain bids are corn, $3.08; soybeans, $7.41; and wheat, $4.75. Have a safe week.


September began with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 90s, which aided in the dry down of corn plants. It was favorable weather for the 100 Years of Horsepower Show & Exhibit hosted by Renner Stock Farms near Belleville. The weather was also favorable for pick-your-own apples at local orchards. Local grain bids are corn, $3.28; soybeans, $7.51; and wheat, $4.51. Have a safe week.


The summer heat returned for several days to help close out August. The mid-90 degree temperatures helped dry out fields enough for ground travel. Some farmers took advantage to make alfalfa hay and helped others who have been struggling to chop corn silage. The weekly rain has made it a challenge for chopping corn silage, and this week wasn’t any different. We received rain on two days since my last report that almost totaled 2 inches. The summer heat is hastily drying down some of the early planted corn turning several fields to a consistent brown with a small amount green left. Reports of a field or two that have been harvested had grain moisture in the low to mid-20s. Early planted soybeans are starting to show signs of maturing by displaying a few yellow leaves. Symptoms of Sudden Death Syndrome and other late season diseases can be seen in some soybean fields. The double-crop milo has fully headed out and is starting to pollinate. With all the adequate moisture, this crop has the potential to be a good one. Local grain bids are corn, $3.14; soybeans, $7.56; wheat, $4.69. Have a safe week.


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.