Iroquois County

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

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…