CROP AND RAINFALL REPORT: Spring planting slowed by abundance of rainfall | Local

The Times’ summer Crop Week feature regarding weekly crop condition and rainfall updates from La Salle County farmers begins this week.

Crop Week will run every Saturday during the growing season, and next week’s feature will include a map and rainfall updates.

1. Doug Stockley, Earlville — I am located in Freedom Township near the towns of Baker and Harding and farm with my father. Our operation consists of a corn and soybean rotation. We practice conservation tillage in our corn and no-till our soybeans.

This is the spring of the rain. I know that as soon as I say that we will be hit by dry weather. Planting corn started on April 25 and I still have not finished. The first corn that we planted is up. We have struggled with the wet weather and the wet holes and I am still waiting for one field to get dry enough to plant. Soybeans are not yet planted. Rainfall for this reporting week was 2.75 inches.

2. Barry Beetz, Mendota — Hello again, I will be reporting on the crops in the northwest corner of the county, near Mendota. I farm with my extended family and our main crop is seed corn for Pioneer. We also grow corn, soybeans, peas, and lima beans. We also have a grain elevator and sell and apply chemical and fertilizer.

We have had a wet, cold spring and have only planted a few cornfields in late April. We are starting again around May 15 with very good field conditions in most areas. This area received 1.5 inches this past week. We are doing well now and the forecast looks great for planting.

3. David Myer, Marseilles — The 2017 farming season has begun again with many challenges already. Many planted corn in late April, then the rain monsoons moved in for almost two weeks; I received just more than 7 inches of rain in that time frame. This past week I only recorded 3.0 inches but the soils were totally saturated, so much of it just ran off.

Field work has just resumed late Monday, so planters will be running full speed this week if we miss the scattered showers predicted. I did plant oats and seeding in late April and they finally emerged late last week and starting to look better. My wheat looks good but I’m sure disease pressure is high from excessive moisture. Not much corn was planted in my township in the late April time frame.

My farming base operation is northeast of Ottawa in Rutland Township and farm with help with continued supervision from my dad and extra help from a neighbor friend. Our operation grows corn, soybeans, wheat and we do cut and bake a few acres of alfalfa hay while feeding out a few feeder pigs for the freezers. We also farm in a couple of adjoining townships as well. 

Please watch out for the farm equipment traveling the roads, since planting season now is in full swing.

4. Bill Gray, Tonica/Lostant — Hi. Our farm operation is located in the southwest part of La Salle County near…

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