Iroquois County, IL

It has been dry this past week except for last night, July 7.  We received 0.1 in. of rain on a couple farms with the rest of our farms receiving nothing.  After the soil dried out this week, farmers were busy applying postemergence herbicides in corn and soybean fields, row-cultivating in soybean fields and harvesting wheat.  

Area cornfields range from the V7 growth stage up to the R1 stage.  Only a few fields are beginning to show tassels and begin pollination. Those are the fields that were planted the first week of April.  Most corn is V10-V15.  At V10 the corn plant begins a rapid steady increase in nutrient and dry matter accumulation, and in water usage.  We finished our herbicide application in corn and now will wait for our corn to reach R1 to begin applying fungicides.  At this point in 2010 corn growth ranged from V11 to R2, and in 2009 it ranged from V9 to R1.  

Area soybean fields range from the V5 growth stage up to the R2 growth stage.  Soybean development is similar to 2010 and ahead of 2009.  

The local closing bids for July 7 were $6.54 for nearby corn, $5.85 for new-crop corn, $13.51 for nearby soybeans and $13.06 for new-crop soybeans.