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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Soybean Progress

Working in St. Charles County today.  We saw lots of planters in the field.  Alsok tillage equipment and sprayers were going.  Be careful out there.  We lucked out on the rain.  It stayed to the south.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Short Planting Window

It looks like we will have a short planting window so there was a flurry of field activity today.  Planting sidedressing, and fertilizing all were activities I saw.  The bottom picture is a nice looking field of soybeans south of Raymond.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Butterweed Doing Well

Looking North toward Butler T, yellow is butterweed and brown is some sort of dock.  Most corn is planted, but some fields waiting for soybeans area mess.  Still not much field work going today.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Northern Macoupin County

We covered most of Northern Macoupin County today. Corn is looking good except in wet spots.  Some is just coming up.  Not many soybeans are planted.  Soil was wet for farm work, but firm enough for sampling.  I saw many planters in people's yard today, but none as interesting as the one below.  I am curious as to when it was last used to plant corn.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How Important is Weed Control

Kansas State University completed a 7 year study on weed control.  They found that yields were reduced by 50% if weeds are left uncontrolled.  The study published in No-Till Farmer says the annual cost of uncontrolled weeds is 43 Billion Dollars.  Weed control is needed even in organic situations.  Organic farmers use different techniques.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Road Trip Report

We took a little trip to Farmington yesterday.  Lots of corn is planted and is in growth stages V2 to V5.  We did not see much a lot bigger.  There was some field activity, but not much.  Bean planting a spraying is what was going on.  We did not see any beans out of the ground.

It has been cold, so I am tempted to say the picture below is showing snow.  It is actually Cottonwood cotton in St. Charles County Missouri.  This corn was the biggest we have sampled and looked very good.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Northern Illinois is wet

Reports from Northern Illinois are that it is very wet.  The photo below was provided by my daughter-in-law, Rebecca Rahe.  It shows the Kiswaukee River near Sycamore.