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Ron Moore

Ron Moore raises corn and soybeans on his farm near Roseville.

7/21/2017

We received .4 of an inch of rain last week. That was enough to keep things moist and let the ground dry out a little after the big rains the week before. Crops have responded to the rain very well. Beetles are still in the area. We have sprayed corn and will spray beans when we apply fungicide. The beetles are very persistent, but so are farmers. The hot weather has returned, and we will need some rain to replenish moisture the hot winds take away. Pastures greened up some after the rain, but have stopped growing again.

7/14/2017

We received anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of rain last week. It was welcomed, but it would have been better to have it spread out. Fungicide spraying on corn has been going on and almost done. The soybeans are flowering, and the rows are almost closed in now. Japanese beetles are still a problem, and we are selectively spraying for them. The rain was very helpful for the pastures as they were getting very short and brown. The markets have noticed the rain as well.

7/7/2017

No rain at my house last week, but 2.5 inches southwest of here 10 miles. Rains are very spotty as expected in July. Early corn is tasseling now, and beans are just starting to flower. Crops don’t look stressed, but it has to be hurting yield potential with the hot, dry weather. Japanese beetles are still here, but the last few days, they have not been as bad. There is supposed to be more generations yet to hatch, so we will keep looking. The cattle are working the fences, so we will be checking them frequently also.

6/30/2017

We received 1.1 inches of rain last week. Some of the early-planted corn is just starting to tassel. Most post-spraying of beans is done, and they look good. Japanese beetles are becoming a problem. We may have to spray for them next week. We have been replacing posts in the pastures and checking fences so there is not a repeat of last summer’s excursion into my cornfields by hungry cattle.