Iroquois County

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Ron Haase has been a long-time Cropwatcher and farms near Gilman in Iroquois County.

A few combines were harvesting on Oct. 10 and 11 until rain returned. We harvested corn for half a day before getting rained out. Some farmers harvested for a full day or day and a half while many didn’t have any fields that were fit due to wet soils. We have only harvested for a half day ov…

It rained all week. We last harvested on Oct. 2 and have completed 18% of our acres. It has rained every day from Oct. 2-8. Where there was less rain, a few combines were running Oct. 6 before it rained that night. Our farms have received anywhere from 3-4 inches of rain. The soils are satur…

We woke up to a light rain of 0.1 inches on Sept. 25 and it was dry all week after. Harvest activity was active in both corn and soybeans throughout the week. We joined the fray Wednesday afternoon after the combine and heads we purchased were delivered. This will help our harvest capacity, …

The crops continue to mature quickly due to the weather and plant stressors. Harvest was slowed up by rain Sept. 20-22. We received a range of .8 up to 1.1 inches of rain on our farms. A few farmers resumed harvesting corn Thursday. Many fields still need to wait for the moisture to drop whi…

Harvest has begun! A few area corn and soybean fields were cut last week. This is the earliest start since 2018 and the third earliest in the last 10 years. The crops continue to mature quickly with the hot and dry weather. Corn has the added effect of foliar diseases shutting down the corn …

The crops continue to change colors as they mature naturally or as diseases causing issues. Scouting in local fields has included looking for bean leaf beetles and pod feeding in soybeans and tar spot and other diseases in corn fields. We did receive rain on Sept. 7. Our farms had a range of…

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Crop appearances have changed over the past week in some fields. Some corn fields are prematurely senescing due to diseases while some soybean fields are maturing. Scouting in local fields has included looking for bean leaf beetles and pod feeding in soybeans and tar spot in corn fields. We …

With the heat and humidity over the past week, rainfall did arrive. We received a range of 0.5 up to 0.8 inches on our farms Aug. 24. One field received another 0.1 inch on Aug. 25. Rain was variable, so rain was received on different days or varying amounts during the week in our area. Loca…

It has been a dry week on our farms. On a couple different days there were isolated showers passing through the local area, but they missed our farms. Most area soybean fields remain in the R5 or the beginning seed growth stage. A few fields are entering the R6 or full seed stage. More weed …

The recent dry period ended as we received rain on Aug. 9 and 12. Our farms received a range of 1.3 up to 2.3 inches of rain. We were fortunate to miss the 5-plus inches received south of here. Local soybean development ranges from the R4 stage up to the R5 or the beginning seed growth stage…

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It has turned dry in our area with the last rain coming 13 days ago, as of Friday. That is the only rainfall we have received in the last three weeks. Local soybean development ranges from the R3 stage up to the R5 or the beginning seed growth stage. Most fields are in R4 to R5 stages. Fungi…

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At the beginning of the week, we received a range of .25 up to .75 of an inch of rain on July 24. After that, only a sprinkle on July 28 was received. Local soybean development ranges from R3 up to the R5 or the beginning seed growth stage. Most fields are in R3 to R4. A few soybean fields h…

It has been dry since July 16. Another .1 up to .25 inches of rain fell after I submitted my report July 16. During the week, a few fields had sprayers trying to catch up on herbicide applications in soybeans with some fields still too wet. Soybean development ranges from R2 up to the R4 or …

This week it rained every day except Wednesday, July 14. It is the week of the Iroquois County Fair, so weather always seems to be an issue. The rain was light early in the week with the heaviest rain occurring as I make this report. We already have many acres of soybeans suffering with thei…

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This week, field activities resumed for a few days before rain arrived on July 7 and July 8. Sprayers were trying to catch up on herbicide applications in soybean fields, high clearance sprayers were sidedressing nitrogen in corn fields and combines were trying to harvest wheat. Our fields r…

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This week it rained June 25 through June 30. We received a range of 3.2 up to 5.8 inches on our farms. A few miles away received over 12 inches of rain. Surface water still remains to be drained away from many fields. Weeds in soybean fields continue to appear as soybean fields are not able …

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This week it rained on June 19, 21 and 23 through the 25, and still raining at the moment. Thus far, we have received a range of 1.4 inches up to 1.8 inches. Field activities this week included sidedressing nitrogen and post-emergence herbicide applications. We have also been scouting our so…

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The only rainfall last week occurred on June 12. The storm brought strong and damaging winds and hail with it. Our fields received a range of three-tenths up to half-inch of rain. We had some sprinkles this morning (Friday), but nothing measurable. Field activities this week included replant…

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Pop-up showers brought varying amounts of rain on June 7. Our farms had a range of five-tenths up to 2.1 inches. In the local area, rainfall ranged from one-tenth up to 3.5 inches with the least to the west and increasing as you move east from there. Herbicide spraying resumed on June 9 wher…

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After my report last week, it rained another .1 up to .2 of an inch on May 28. It has been dry since then. Planting, replanting, spraying herbicides in corn and soybean fields and sidedressing nitrogen were taking place after the soils dried enough for each activity. Corn development ranges …

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Planting, replanting, spraying herbicides and sidedressing nitrogen were taking place in the short window fields were fit. Rain returned May 25 through May 28 with a total of four-tenths up to eight-tenths of an inch falling on our farms. It is still raining as I am reporting and will rain m…

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We finished planting on Friday, May 14. There was some planting activity on May 15 and 16, but not much, as most fields were still too wet. Planting progress hasn’t changed much. Rain returned on May 17 through May 19 with a total of one-third of an inch up to four-tenths of an inch falling …

A few farmers planted some acres locally May 8 before it rained that evening on into May 9. Our farms received 1.3 inches while not far away 2.5 inches was received. Some surface water remains in some fields. We still have 99% of our acres planted and hope to be able to finish before the nex…

We had 99% of our acres planted when rain arrived at 12:30 a.m. May 3. We haven’t been able to return to the field since then. It rained May 3, 4 and 6. I received a total of .95 of an inch. Soybeans and cornfields have been emerging during the past week. Corn development ranges from germina…

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We had 81% of our acres planted when rain arrived Wednesday. We received a range of .9 of an inch up to 1.0 inch April 28-29. Not too far away, 3.0 inches was received. We finished planting soybeans and have 67% of our corn acres planted. The soybeans we planted April 6-7 have emerged. Corn …

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Most farmers in our area kept their planter in the shed ahead of the cold temperatures that arrived on Tuesday. We resumed planting soybeans April 16-19. We have 87% of our soybean planting completed. We haven’t planted any corn. We received a total of .2 of an inch of rain (or snow converte…

After receiving another general rain of .2 of an inch April 9, field activities in our area began to resume April 14-15. I saw a few fields of corn and soybeans being planted April 15. A limited number of acres have been planted in this area. The cold forecast ahead, along with cold, wet soi…

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I farm in the west-central part of Iroquois County with my brother. With the warm temperatures, warm soils and good soil conditions, we decided to start planting April 6. This is the earliest we have ever started planting. We decided to start with soybeans that were no-tilled into corn stubb…