Lee County

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Larry Hummel of Dixon has been farming with his brother since 1975 in the corner of Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. They raise corn, soybeans, and a little wheat.

It is getting dry around here. Except for a few of our farthest north fields, we haven't had a decent rain since the half-inch we got July 11. Lighter soils are taking it on the chin. Fortunately, temperatures have been cool but it looks like it will heat back up during the weekend. 

Some of the summer projects are getting scratched off the list, but at times it feels like the list is on a scroll that just keeps unwinding. Fungicide spraying is just about done, so I will be able to spend a little less time scouting. Weed escapes are starting to show up in the soybeans - …

It seems like every year there is that one field that keeps you busy trying to put out the fires that pop up, although last year was a bonus year for problem fields. This year’s lucky winner is an 80-acre field that was planted a little sooner than it should have been, so there are some comp…

Weatherwise we have been getting what we need. Temperatures have been less than what was originally forecast and Tuesday’s all-day soaker brought anywhere from 3/4 to 1¼ inches of rain. Hopefully, Thursday’s rally in the grain markets is the start of something big, or kind of big anyway. My …