St. Clair County

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Dave Hankammer farms in a partnership with his brother near Millstadt, approximately 20 miles from St. Louis. They produce corn, soybeans and wheat.

Last week, we had very limited opportunities for fieldwork. We experienced several days of cloudy skies and cooler-than-normal temperatures along with several rain events that kept fields wet. Rainfall accumulation varied with some areas receiving up to 2 inches. My rain gauge collected abou…

On Sunday, my wife and I went for ride along the backroads to checkĀ  the status of the planting season. We found several fields of corn seedlings about 2 inches tall. Emergence must have been good since we could see the corn rows through the field. We also observed several alfalfa fields rec…

Just when we thought we could put the insulated work wear to the rear of the closet, Mother Nature sent us a blast of cold air along with rain and wet snow to boot. On April 22, daytime temperatures dropped from 48 to the mid-30s within a few short hours. Rain and wet snow fell, leaving a wh…

The weather last week was cool and partly cloudy for several days. Temperatures ranged from highs in the 60s to lows in the 30s. We even had a frost warning Wednesday morning. Fields were slow to dry under these conditions. Fieldwork resumed midweek as conditions improved in some areas. Loca…

The pace of fieldwork increased as soil conditions improved last week. A few windy days and daytime temperatures of 80 degrees allowed fields to dry. Anhydrous applications increased quickly, putting pressure on suppliers inventory. Farmers are having to wait for anhydrous deliveries to refi…

Welcome to another growing season from St. Clair County. We made it through what seemed like a long, cold winter to welcome the spring that promises new prosperity. We had more than 9 inches of rain in March that kept the fields too wet for fieldwork. Fertilizer was applied to wheat fields a…