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Crops look good in Ford County

A BCS sprayer applies chemicals to a Ford County bean field last season / CIFN file photo

GIBSON CITY – Greg Kerber has pretty much lived in his sprayer the last few weeks as planting gave way to battling weeds.

The Gibson City area farmer says his crops look good thanks to some timely rains. There are some drowned-out areas in Kerber’s area but nothing like last year. Also, some corn is now tasseling.

“We went right from planting to doing post-emergence work on corn and we’re finishing up the first round (of spraying) on soybeans,” Kerber told The Central Illinois Farm Network this week.

Resistant weeds are an issue this year and this is also true for Kerber’s fields.

“The pre-emergence that we put on for residuals seemed to let us down a little bit this year. I know we put a tremendous amount of seed on the ground last year with the drowned out areas so I’m sure they’re doing some good but it’s not what we’ve been accustomed to.”

Kerber acknowledges the recent rise in grain prices has been an “unexpected surprise.”

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