Hello. First off, I would like to tell everyone a little about myself and the farm. I live in Ashkum, which is in Iroquois County. I farm here with my parents and brother. We grow corn and soybeans. We use conventional tillage practices and usually use a crop rotation. I am 30 years old and have farmed full-time since 2003, after graduating from Joliet Junior College with an ag production degree. I am very involved with Farm Bureau. I enjoy collecting antique tractors and pedal tractors, and I try not to miss many farm equipment auctions.

It has been an interesting year so far, to say the least. We got started planting corn the first week of May, exactly one month later than last year. It’s been a long time since we haven’t been able to start planting in April. Most of the crops came up OK, except for some that were planted just ahead of a big rain in mid-May — most of that was replanted.

Almost everyone in my area has had some replanting of drowned-out spots, most of which has been completed by now. A lot of corn has been sidedressed the year. We finished at the beginning of last week. A lot of the corn has been sprayed with herbicide, and most will be finishing up really soon. We plan to start spraying soybeans on June 18.

The corn changed a lot this last week with all the heat and is starting to look pretty good, but is a little behind where it should be at this time. Everyone was glad to get a break in the rain to get some work done, but it won’t be long before we will be needing a rain. I am looking forward to reporting on the crops this season. Remember to always be safe.