PIATT COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — As we head into the weekend with warmer temperatures, the crops will certainly explode in growth.
WCIA: Jeff Hoffman is a certified crop specialist with Piatt County Service Company. We’ve finally started getting some growth on corn and beans because of the heat, and they like it.
Hoffman: “Yes, they do. The month of May was not real good to us on heat. We’ve had more frosty mornings than we’ve had in a long time, especially so many in a row. But the crop survived through that pretty well and now things are starting to kick in.”
WCIA: Are we going to catch up with where we should be?
Hoffman: “Oh, I think so. I think so. Usually, things have a way of averaging themselves out.”
WCIA: Are beans better off right now than corn is?
Hoffman: “I’d say the are about equal. I think the beans had a harder time with the cold weather than the corn did. I’d say they are about equal.”
WCIA: Any challenges to the crop that is around here?
Hoffman: “No. things right now look really good. About the only challenges that we’ve had, stands of corn have been excellent. We’ve really had no replant on corn. On soybeans, we struggled a little bit with some of the no-till fields and also some of the fields with the different tillage tools that left a lot of residue. Any place that had heavy residue had a little trouble getting up.”
WCIA: Any bugs, fungus, anything like that?
Hoffman: “Nope. So far everything’s good on that. We’re post spraying for weeds right now. The pre-emergence chemicals were excellent this spring. But anyplace that was missed spraying the weeds are there. So it’s time to get that done.”
WCIA: All we need is to continue the moisture and a little bit more heat.
Hoffman: “I agree. And things are going good.”