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DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – NOT Knee High

DeKalb County corn typically well exceeds the old saying that corn is “Knee-High by the 4th of July.” However, due to unprecedented rains and this year’s planting crisis, many corn fields are barren or behind in growth. On average, DeKalb County corn is about 5 feet tall by the 4th of ...read more

Local Sweet Corn Behind Pace, But Ready Soon

Mark Yaeger knows that everyone is ready for their first taste of locally grown sweet corn in July but they will have to wait until August. This year’s wet and cooler spring weather has delayed sweet corn production by about one month. In a “normal” year sweet corn is tasseling by ...read more

Crop Update: Shortfall of Corn in County

Many farmers are calling this year’s corn crop a disaster. For two good reasons – thousands of corn acres didn’t get planted due to relentless rainfall and the corn which was planted is less than ideal. “Farming is never easy, but this one was the worst in my 31 years of ...read more

Reduced Corn Crop Impacts Ag Retailers

Fewer corn acres will have a significant effect on the ag supply chain. Lindon Gord knows what to expect with a reduction in corn acreage in DeKalb County. “Less crop means less equipment use, less repairs, and less parts,” said the general manager and partner of DeKalb Implement. In DeKalb County about ...read more

Planting Dilemma

By now farmers are usually scouting their growing crops. In early June, farmers were still struggling to get crops planted due to unrelenting rainfall. The number of acres of corn and soybeans not yet planted is unprecedented. Only about 15% of corn had been planted by June 1st in DeKalb County. ...read more

Corn Yields Succumb to Wet Spring, Tar Spot

Last year’s corn yield potential was limited in local fields. The 2018 growing season began with frequent May and June rains. While rainfall totals for May and June were 6.5” and 7” respectively, most of DeKalb County received rainfall on 11 days in May and 12 days in June. Many acres in ...read more

Seed Treatments: Protection in the Seed

Farmers plant treated corn and soybean seeds to protect the seeds against early season pests and diseases. Insect pests can harm crops in the early stages of emergence, by damaging young plants and by acting as vectors of viruses. Seed treatments can provide protection from these above-and below-ground insects. Fungal diseases can ...read more

Spring Fieldwork Delay Expected

While farmers certainly welcome warmer temperatures, the possible continuation of an active weather pattern could dash hopes of early spring fieldwork. “A very active weather pattern is setting up,” Eric Snodgrass said. Snodgrass is an atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions and co-founder of Agrible. “We could see a parade (of ...read more

No Beans in the Teens Anytime Soon

Expect soybean prices to average around $9 and corn to be under $4 this year, says Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist. Irwin’s analysis shows the best times of the current price era could be in the rearview mirror, although chances of a rally always exist in such a cyclical ...read more

Harvesting Wheat & Baling Straw

It’s that time of year when farmers are harvesting wheat and baling wheat straw. Farmers harvest about 4,000 acres of winter wheat in DeKalb County. Locally, wheat is harvested in early to mid-July, depending on the weather and how quickly the crop matures. This year’s wheat crop endured the second-coldest April followed ...read more