Matt Case Jr. - Hinckley, Illinois
The heat of summer has gone and the cool September weather has moved come. Northern Illinois has received no rain this week. The weather this week has been cool and breezy with day time temperatures reaching 70 degrees and at night dropping as low as 45 degrees. -We are hoping for a hot September.
Rainfall:This past weekend Hinckley Illinois got hit with a microburst, it brought rain and golf ball sized hail. This storm did not level any fields, however it sheared corn leafs and beat the beans up pretty bad.
Corn: Agrinetics Seed Service placed ProHarvest Hybrids in Hinckley- Big Rock's FFA plot, (which also got hit by the same storm.) I walked the plot a couple days later to see just how bad the damage was. I walked ProHarvests 110 day (8074) and 113 day (8312) where I found almost all the leafs torn with holes from the hail storm. The plot got shredded but I was impressed at how big and how far along ProHarvest hybrids were. 8074 and 8312 still looked pretty dang good in the plot considering all the hail damage. They were standing strong and tall. I am looking forward to the yield results!
Soybeans: Soybeans in Northern Illinois look healthy, beans are packing test weight. Early maturity soybean fields are turning more yellow with each day.
This week farmers are busy preparing for harvest and getting their equipment dialed in for the forecasted "late harvest". Many farm families plan to visit the Sandwich Fair this weekend.