Menard County

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Carrie Winkelmann farms with her husband, Kyle, raising corn and soybeans. Carrie also works as an agriculture literacy coordinator for Sangamon-Menard Extension.

It rained 1.2 inches Monday night, but that didn’t slow anyone down very much around here. We were back to corn harvest by Wednesday afternoon. Fungicide on corn looks to have been a good investment. Haven’t made it into our soybeans yet (although there are some coming out in the area) this …

Started harvest with the normal equipment hiccups, but got the chopper speed sensor replaced and everything is working ... for now. We started corn harvest on a field that didn’t get a fungicide application that tested 21%. The deer damage in this field was horrible, though. It gets worse an…

It has been a good drying week for the crops here and the hot, windy days have moved harvest up on the calendar a bit. Tar spot showed up in all the corn this week, but I think it was late enough to have no effect on yield. The beans are really turning but still over a week away from harvest…

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The beans are showing slight yellow tint in some fields and harvest is still a few weeks away. If the saying that August rains make soybeans is true, we should have good soybeans. Early planted corn in the county is starting to look ready. We still don’t have any black layered since our corn…

We didn’t have any rain last week, which has been nice. We have been doing a lot of waterway and roadside mowing. There are no signs of SDS in the beans so far. Corn looks good and is holding on to green, probably still adding yield. Harvest is still a ways off - good news for getting to go …

No rain last week and things finally dried out enough to get in the field to do some ground applications of fungicide on soybeans. Planes are flying locally as well. We entered 42 crop/vegetable/horticulture items at the Menard County Fair, which kept us on our toes. It was good to be back a…

The rain continues. Fungicide applications have started, but the ground rigs remain parked until drier weather. Let’s hope the planes can keep up. Storms last week caused some green snap and wind damage in area corn fields. Soybeans in low-lying areas are really starting to show stress. Busy…

’m a little nervous about writing a CropWatcher report after my last one requesting “rain please” was take very seriously by the powers that be. Soybeans with wet feet from all of the rain showed quite a bit of yellowing and replanted corn that was only replanted where it was wet is wet agai…

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Crops replanted into mud holes are emerging. Small rain in spots. No rain in other spots. We planted our pumpkins at the start of the week and are going to have to water to get them to come up. Spraying is still the name of the game though; Dicamba, Liberty, Enlist … don’t make a mistake.

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Anything planted in April looks good. Anything planted in May is at least starting to look better. On a positive note, it was so cold and wet in May that even the waterhemp didn’t like it. The sun and warmer weather have really made the beans look good, but the weeds are coming too. Spray, s…

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The rain today (Thursday) saved a good amount of corn from becoming replant corn (or at least that looks to be the case), but it didn’t come early enough to save it all. This week has been jam-packed with spraying with only a few times here and there we had to break for wind or weather or br…

It has been a week of on and off planting, with luckily more on than off. We had some bad weather roll through early in the week with hail and tornados that had us worried about the newly emerging beans as we huddled in the basement. It hailed hard here at the house and completely wrecked my…

It has been nice to have some warmer soil temperatures to plant in. The weather has been everything from windy to hot and threatening rain to cool. Mother Nature seems to be trying a little of everything! We planted and drilled a good amount of beans last week and started on some corn. Spot-…

This week saw us waiting out the cold and snowy/wet forecast. Late April snow was sure strange. We covered up the zinnias and sunflowers we had planted early in the garden to protect them and then we started planting beans Thursday. I am hoping for some sunny, dry weather to let us get going…

To plant or not - that is the question. About caught up on spraying. Just a little wet and cold to plant. Not much besides rhubarb is growing. After this Tuesday, it will be hammer down!

I am glad the grain markets have given me a reason to start off the crop watching year happy! Corn at $5.78! Woohoo! Greetings from Menard County where it froze (Thursday) night. We are ready to spray and have already been out spraying the rye cover crop, which is really starting to turn fro…