Warren County

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Ron Moore raises corn and soybeans on his farm near Roseville.

We finished corn harvest last week. The harvest losses were greater than normal this year. We have started on soybean harvest. The early yields are about our five-year average. The weather forecast calls for good harvest conditions the next few weeks. We need that to get this crop in the bins.

No harvesting in this area last week. We had 3.5 inches of rain since my last report. The tiles are now running half full. We finished several rainy-day jobs and in between rains we mowed yards. We did put the reel on the corn head to help pick up the last 150 acres of down corn. We should g…

We received 1.1 inches of rain last week. We still have a few hundred acres of down corn to get harvested. The wet stalks will have to dry out before we can resume corn harvest. The rain did help put some moisture in the soybeans. They were getting very dry with reports of 8% moisture beans.…

We did not receive any rain last week. A good week of harvest. We stayed on corn even though the beans looked ready to harvest. Our corn is loaded with disease and the stalk quality is very poor. Yields are still not what was expected in August and the moisture is 13% to 15%. We are about ha…

We received 1.2 inches of rain last week. It delayed harvest for a day. Corn yields are still lower than expected. Moisture is running in the upper teens and low 20s. There are no soybeans yet harvested in this area. There should be some ready this week.

2021 harvest is underway. The corn that we have harvested so far has been a disappointment. Tar spot, crown rot, southern rust and 70 mph winds have taken 20 to 40 bushels off of yield expectations from just six weeks ago. The reduction is widespread in this part of western Illinois. The cob…

We started chopping silage last week. We should have started sooner. The corn seems to dry faster than I think I have ever seen. Whether it is tar spot affecting the corn or the hot dry winds, the corn is drying fast. I have heard of some combines running in corn as well. We will start shell…

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We received 0.5 inches of rain last week. Still mowing my yard every four days. The grass has not turned brown this year despite some really hot days. The corn is drying very fast now. There are some reports of tar spot in the area. The early planted corn has black layered, and a hand shelle…

We received 1.25 inches of rain last week. It was helpful again to fill out the pods and kernels. The milk line on some early corn is below halfway down now. With the hot weather last week, it should be close to black layer this weekend. We should start chopping silage soon after Labor Day. …

It was a calm week last week. No rain and no high winds to damage crops and bins. The corn that was laid over has not stood back up. It will make harvest very difficult. The beans seem to be responding to the 3 inches of rain with new flowers on them. The milk line on my early maturing corn …

We received 3.2 inches of rain last week, along with high winds that destroyed a bin at my house and damaged several buildings and bins on neighboring farms. The rain was helpful, but the wind also laid over many fields of corn. That will make harvest a severe challenge. The soybeans did get…

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We did not receive any rain last week. The crops still look good so far. The kernels on the corn are turning yellow and filling out. The beans are forming pods and still flowering, so there is more yield potential if the August rains come. The pastures are starting to stop growing with the h…

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We received .2 of an inch of rain last Thursday. That was the first rain in two weeks. Amazingly, the small tiles have stopped running and the larger ones will stop soon if we don’t get any more rain in August. Fungicide applications have started on the soybeans. We put an insecticide on for…

We received 3 inches of rain last week in three different events. That is enough to last us through pollination of the corn crop. The airplanes are flying now applying fungicide. The soybean fungicide applications will soon follow. Weed control looks very good on the soybeans so far. The Jap…

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We did not receive any rain last week. It was welcome as we did get some hay baled and all of the soybeans have been sprayed now. The corn is starting to tassel, and the silks are emerging now. In the next few days fungicide applications will start. The variable emergence of the tassels magn…

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We received another 2 inches of rain last week in three events. Still waiting on drier weather to finish spraying the last of the soybeans. They are starting to flower and will soon close the rows on 30-inch rows.  The early corn should start to tassel in the next few days. I did see some ur…

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 We received 5 inches of rain last week in three different events. The forecast is for rain all weekend and every day this week. That makes planning for making hay and spraying soybeans almost impossible. Still the rain is what is needed for crop production this year. The corn is now fencepo…

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We did not receive any rain last week. It was great weather to make hay, but it did stress the corn and soybeans. The corn started curling in the afternoons with the sunny and hot temperatures. Hopefully the corn was protecting itself from the heat. Lots of post-spraying of both crops and so…

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Weather conditions have improved the last few weeks in Warren County. FarmWeek CropWatcher Ron Moore shares an update on crop development, disease threats and tight fertilizer supplies with Rita Frazer.

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We received four-tenths of an inch of rain in about 30 minutes Thursday. It was widely scattered as one mile away it did not rain. It will help relieve the dryness we have been having lately. The warm temperatures really have made the corn grow fast. The early-planted corn has closed the row…

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We received between .2 and 2.5 inches in this area last week. We did get some ponds replanted and are waiting on the last ponds to dry up this week. We don’t have as much to replant as last year. The weather forecast is dry and warm, so the last few fields of corn and beans in this area shou…

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The ponds were just about dry enough to replant when we received another half of an inch of rain. It will be June before that happens. It will be June when all of the planting is done in this area as well. It seems to rain every three or four days right now. It makes trying to bale the first…

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We received 4.5 inches of rain last week. That makes 6.5 inches since Mother’s Day. Lots of ponds, and the road ditches are full of water.  The creek banks are full and the tiles are running clear full. We will have some replanting to do when the ponds dry out. Our flood gaps are still in pl…

We received 2 inches of rain on Mother’s Day weekend. We finished planting the Friday before. The rain left some ponds that may need to be replanted. Corn and beans that are up look good. The population is adequate, and the crop needs some warm weather. The crop that is not up has a crust th…

We received .6 inches of rain last week. Cooler weather followed. I am really tired of mowing my lawn in long johns and a winter coat. I hope it warms up soon. We started planting again last Thursday. We should be finished by the time you read this. Early-planted corn is at the two-leaf stag…

We received .9 inches of rain last week. It was very welcome since it had become very dry. We are about 75% done with both corn and beans. The corn planted April 6 emerged last week. The stand looks good for corn planted that early this year. I have not seen any soybeans emerged yet. We have…

We had 2 inches of snow last Monday and temperatures in the 20s the next two mornings. After the snow melted, we started to plant soybeans. By Thursday, many planters were running. Temps climbed into the 50s with lots of sunshine. Pastures have responded to the warm weather, and we will star…

We received 2 inches of rain last week. With the cooler temperatures, it has stopped all fieldwork. The corn I planted April 6 has germinated and has a quarter-inch tap root now. I don’t expect it to emerge until May. The forecast is for more cooler weather this week, so not sure when fieldw…

A few planters started last week. We planted 75 acres of corn last Tuesday. It rained 1.2 inches Wednesday and Thursday. The warm weather did get the ground to dry out to plant. Conditions were really good for early April. The showers should get the grass to green up so we can turn cattle ou…

Hello from western Illinois for another year of crop watching. We are ready to plant corn and beans. The weather has not cooperated, though. Temperatures in the low 20’s last week will delay any early planting. The weather is forecast to get warmer, but it may not be enough to get farmers st…