Stark County

Gary Steward of Toulon Il., grows corn and soybeans, and custom farms with his son, David..

We had nearly 2 inches of rain May 16-17, which kept most people out of the field all week as we had rain nearly every day. Emergence of this crop seems to be good, although some replanting did occur. The first rain that came through softened up the crust and let a lot of plants emerge overn…

We were close to finishing planting just before Mother’s Day. That Sunday was not fit to be outside with cold winds and rain, so everyone took the day off to celebrate our moms. With only .1 of an inch of rain Sunday, several bean planters were running Monday morning and continued through Th…

We sprayed beans in the morning, then quickly went back to planting corn and beans. We continued through Monday night. Tuesday morning, we received about a half inch of rain which was enough to shut us down until Thursday. We sprayed beans that day, then planted corn and beans in the afterno…

It rained steadily all day April 25 for a total of 2 to 3 inches, depending on where you were in the county. Then we had light showers on and off through Wednesday night. Needless to say, no field work for a week now. I’d guess Stark County is probably about 35% done planting corn, with some…