This past week was another mostly dry and warm one. Some rain showers passed through the area late evening on June 17. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to 4 tenths in the county. Although rain was forecasted later in the week, it didn’t materialize. Temperature highs for the week were in the mid 90’s with low humidity.
On the bright side we finally received enough moisture to germinate seed in the dry bare areas of both corn and soybean fields. There was an enough plant emergence to change decisions to replant these areas that have been bare for 3 to 4 weeks.
Corn planted in early April is starting to tassel. There was a report of corn in the southern part of the county of being four foot tall and tasseling. This is an area of the county which has received very little rain since the beginning of April.
Soybeans plants are approximately 6 inches tall and farmers are post treating these fields for weeds. Water hemp is the obvious weed in many fields and it’s amazing how quickly this weed will grow despite the dry conditions. Herbicide application has been a challenge due to the high, warm winds that seem to start early in the day.
Double crop soybean planting went as quick as wheat harvest. Plant emergence is going well due to the much needed rain at the time of planting.
Continue to pray for rain and have a good week.
FarmerSt. Clair County