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.

The fall equinox occurred Sept. 22, marking the beginning of the fall season. The weather seemed to make an automatic adjustment to cooler temperatures, which is typical for the fall season. The daytime temperatures have been in the 70s and nighttime lows in the upper 40s. We also received 1…

The weather has been very pleasant since my last report. With dry days and daytime temperatures in the 80s, the crops continue to dry down. We did received three-tenths of an inch of rain that refreshed the lawn. Additional combines have started shelling corn in the area. Dry winds are aidin…

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Over the past week the colors of fall have been slowly revealing the changing season with each passing day. The leaves on the trees are changing to a lighter shade of green with a hint of underlying yellow color. So are the crops. The leaves of the soybean plants are changing from green to y…

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The month of August ended with scattered storms moving through the area that left anywhere from a few tenths of an inch to over 2 inches of rain for the week. Beside the rainfall, the storm cooled the temperatures down. Daytime temperatures for the week were in the 80s and very comfortable. …

Once again the summer heat returned with daytime temperatures reaching the highs near 100 degrees and a heat index of 110 degrees. The heat did usher in an afternoon storm with high winds and rainfall that ranged from a few tenths to over 2 inches in some areas. The storm caused power outage…

The weather last week felt more like the average summer weather as opposed to the brutal heat we had experienced. The daytime temperatures reached the low 90s with some humidity that was bearable. I’ve started to observe the earliest April planted cornfields and the corn plants are changing.…

The past week started off with daytime temperatures in the low 90s but quickly changed as the week progressed. We had several days with late afternoon/evening showers that left anywhere from .2 to .6 of an inch of rain that added to the humidity. However, as each day passed it added to the c…

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The corn is tall, soybeans are podding and crops are green and well, according to St. Clair County CropWatcher Dave Hankammer. With peak summer temperatures in the forecast, Hankammer says there’s plenty of moisture to get his crops through the 90- to 100-degree days. He discusses more on cr…

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The first week of August has been a comfortable one with daytime temperatures in the low to mid-80s and low humidity. Our last rain was during the evening of July 29 that left 1 inch of rain. It also cooled the temperatures down and scrubbed the air of the high humidity. The corn crop contin…

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It’s hard to believe another month has passed and my thought is ‘wow we got all that work done, now it’s up to Mother Nature to finish the job.’ The largest chore left is to scout the fields for any potential problems and to seek a resolution to the situation. The past week we had about .5 o…

We had a warm, humid week since my last report. With daytime temperatures near 90 degrees and humidity only a plant can love, the crops continue to thrive under these conditions. Last week was the week to make hay. Several fields of alfalfa were turned into chopped silage or baled hay. The t…

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Since my last report, the area has received varying rainfall amounts. The heaviest rainfall appears to drift to the north or the south part of the county and then merge together somewhere in the east. Rainfall amounts varied from 1 to 5 inches. The crops look good and there’s plenty of moist…

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The weather for the Fourth of July weekend was cooler than normal. Daytime temperatures were in the low 80s for a few days but increased to the mid-90s through the week. It also was a dry week, which allowed soils to dry out for ground travel. Remaining wheat fields were harvested during the…

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The month of June ended under soggy conditions. Since my last report, we received an accumulation of almost 5 inches of rain due to a series of storms that passed through the area. Soil conditions have become wet and needless to say, very little fieldwork was done. Most of the wheat harvest …

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We received a break in the heat over Father’s Day weekend when a cold front dropped the overnight temperatures to the upper 40s. The cooler temperatures remained for a couple of days and gradually increased to the low 80s during the daytime. We did receive a half-inch of rain from a scattere…

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The weather has been changing over the course of the last two weeks. The daytime temperatures have gradually increased up to the high 90s and predictions of reaching the 100-degree mark. We also haven’t received any rain for the same time frame. Conditions have become hot and dry, just in ti…

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Over the past week we experienced a roller coaster ride of daytime temperatures. We started with a daytime high of 90 degrees during the mid-afternoon of May 27, but within a couple of hours the temperature dropped to 55 degrees as a weather front passed through the area. The temperatures co…

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It is amazing the difference warm, dry weather can make during the planting season. With the absence of rain and temperatures reaching into the 90s, farmers were busy planting soybeans into fallow fields. A few fields remain to be planted. We did receive eight-tenths of an inch of rain on Ma…

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Fieldwork progressed at a moderate pace since my last report. We experienced light, scattered showers that refreshed the surface moisture. Sticky soil would build up on the planter’s wheels reducing the efficiency of the planter. On May 17, an evening rain brought a steady shower that left s…

During the past week, we experienced an improvement of weather over the previous week. We were spared the predicted heavy rainfall for May 9 only to receive .3 of an inch. Rainfall varied throughout the area. Temperatures remained cooler than normal with daytime highs in the 60s. We had part…

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 check  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…