McLean County

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.

More seasonal weather has arrived to the relief of farmers and their crops. GDU’s are only at 340 which is quite low for the end of May. Some will finish planting and replanting as soon as the ponds dry up. Sidedressing N, spraying herbicides, fixing tile and mowing are other jobs. FSA offic…

Continued wet and cool conditions hamper the final 20% of acres that need sown. We received 3 to 6 inches of rain last week and more on the way. GDU’s are at 10-year lows, so growth is slow. These conditions will have an impact on prevent plant, crop development, yields and harvest timing. N…

Farmers accomplished a lot last week before another deluge hit. Nearly 90% of corn and 75% of the beans are planted … the first time. Some replant, maybe 10% or so, will occur due to the frost/freeze, ponding and just plain, cold soil emergence problems. Warmer and drier weather is in the of…

Ditto last week’s report, except it was colder. Planting is stalled. Frost was predicted for May 8, so we will see if it has any effect on tender plants. Not much has emerged. PPP, WHIP and other support programs are the talk of the day. FDR would be proud. Corn, $2.93; new, $3.04; beans, $8…