From the Field 5-6-2020

Planting has been steadily moving forward across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, though some areas are farther ahead than others. Northwest Illinois and Southwest Wisconsin are almost done with corn and soybeans after missing the rains that hit the Eastern territories. Farmers were able to get a good stretch of days and they made the most of it. Early-planted soybeans in the Southern part of my area have started to emerge, with corn not far behind.

This week has some solid chances of rain that could tally to 1.5 inches in certain areas. Year to date, we are 1 to 3 inches of rain ahead of the yearly average. This week, you can expect to see highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s, with a chance of frost on Friday night. However, after this week temperatures seem to rebound and will consistently stay in the upper 60s to low 70s for highs, and upper 40s to low 50s for lows.

I’d like to thank the operations, logistics, and office staff for the amazing job they’ve all done so far this spring. It definitely hasn’t been easy so far, but they haven’t missed a beat.

Good luck with the rest of the spring and summer seasons and be safe out there.

The best thing that I can say about this spring is that it’s nice to have a normal planting season for once. The application of fertilizer, seed, and chemical has been moving at a steady pace. According to the USDA report, about 35% of crops have normally been planted by this time of the year, and we’re seeing actual numbers above 50%. The high pressure ridge over Nevada has helped keep the Midwest dry for the past few weeks, and it looks that this week will be similar. I have questioned if the chemical will be able to work with the dry weather. The answer is yes—there has been enough moisture to get those chemicals working in the soil, but we still need to keep focused on using the right chemicals to control weeds. Weeds like chickweed and marestail are difficult to control and require the right mix to clean up the weed pressure. Send your weed pictures to your Landmark agronomist, so they can help you create the right strategy for effective weed control.