‘My Corn Looks Beautiful,’ says Illinois Farmer
DES MOINES, Iowa — Knee-high corn by Memorial Day? What?
John Werries, west-central Illinois farmer, is entering the Memorial Day weekend feeling very fortunate about his recently planted corn and soybean crops.
Some Illinois crop photos circulating on social media show very healthy looking plants.
“My corn planted on April 21 is doing very well,” Werries says. “It’s beautiful.”
In fact, most of the corn planted around that same time in west-central Illinois looks very good.
As of Monday, the USDA pegged 84% of Illinois’ corn crop as emerged, vs. a 61% five-year average. Also, 96% of the corn in Illinois has been planted vs. an 87% five-year average.
Not that height is the only measuring stick for healthy corn plants, but the corn outside of Chapin, Illinois, is nearly knee-high already, Werries says.
“It’s just shy of knee-high. My wife and I just returned from a crop-scouting drive Thursday night, and I have some beautiful pictures from that trip,” Werries says.
Why Is The Crop Doing So Well?
A lot of years, Werries starts planting around April 5-10. This year was later, but so far the crop has had perfect growing conditions.
“There were no wet spots in the field when planting. No holes, the corn came up evenly, the spacing is good, and the planters that farmers use nowadays are incredible. Our high-speed planter is amazing,” Werries says.
The Werries have side-dressed and post-sprayed their corn; the only thing left to do is post-spray the soybeans.
“We had topsoil moisture to get the crop up, but our subsoil moisture is dry,” Werries says. “We need some rain.” The local weather forecast calls for spotty rain chances Friday. Rain systems seem to keep missing the Chapin, Illinois, area, Werries says.
Overall, heading into the holiday weekend, Worries is looking at strong prospects for this year’s crops.
“We are off to a very good start. If we keep getting rains, we could be looking at a very good crop around here,” Werries says.
Soybeans Look Good, Too
As of Monday, the USDA pegged Illinois’ soybean emergence at 57%, way ahead of a 15% five-year average.
“Our no-till soybeans were slow getting started, but we have perfect stands, and the potential looks very good, right now,” Werries says.
“We made quite a few soybean sales weeks ago, when the market went over $10.00 per bushel. We’re probably two-thirds sold on soybeans. On corn, we have sold some new-crop bushels, and we still had quite a bit of old-crop corn that we let go at $4.00,” Werries says. “Yes, we sold $4.00 corn, which was a better price than what it was at harvest,” the west-central Illinois farmer says.