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Corn tasseling and beans reach R3 for Illinois farmer

High temperatures and timely rains are boosting crop progress and improving conditions in many Illinois fields.

Evan Marr farms near Jacksonville in west central Illinois. He tells Brownfield they are starting to make fungicide decisions for rapidly growing corn and beans.

“Corn around us started to tassel just before the 4th of July. We have a lot of these early April beans that were planted wither before corn or at the same time as corn, so those are all hitting R3 stages.”

He says some of their bean planting was delayed by spring rains, but they are catching up now.

“The later stuff is coming along pretty good and I think we still have the potential to have a really good crop here at the end of the year.”

He says they have completed their first cutting of hay and are seeing some good growth so far for their second cutting.

As for the recent price increase, Marr says they have some target prices they are trying to hit, but with all the uncertainty, he isn’t going to gamble with the markets much this year.  

Interview with Evan Marr

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