Iroquois County

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

It was a busy week in the fields. Harvesting of corn and soybeans, spreading of fertilizer and lime, and tillage and strip tillage were joined by the activity of fighting field fires. Two fires started near me Wednesday. One spread rapidly and burned acres in six sections as the wind gusts m…

Harvest is off to a slow start. Rain totaling .3 of an inch Sept. 28 brought a stop to soybean cutting. A few farmers harvested soybeans after the rain. Light pop-up showers kept us from starting soybean harvest Thursday. From what I hear, soybean yields have been all over the place. I have …

It was a dry week which allowed harvest to start on some additional corn and soybean fields in the area. Harvest activity will pick up this week as more farmers will join in. As harvest has begun in the most mature fields, full-season corn is just reaching R6, or physiological maturity. Repl…