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Corn looks good to Immke

An area cornfield is shown Monday afternoon / CIFN photo.

PONTIAC – The corn across Livingston County farmer Don Immke’s fields looks good but the jury is still out on the soybeans.

For Immke, Illinois Route 47 seemed to be the cutoff line for moisture this summer.

“Our beans east of Route 47 are now back to being dark green and everything but I’m sure they are going to be hurt by the moisture,” Immke told The Central Illinois Farm Network this week.

Between the Immke home place southeast of Saunemin and his western most farm near McDowell, there is a 10 inch rainfall difference for the season – with most of that rain falling during the final week of June. Immke has not checked any corn ears at this point.

“Typically, I kind of wait and just let the combine tell me what it’s going to do,” he said. “There is an awful lot of variance when you start doing ear counts.”

Immke also serves with the Livingston County Farm Bureau and reminds everyone of a trap shoot fundraiser coming to 4-H Park in Pontiac the last Sunday in August. Registration for the “Pull for Ag” foundation event starts at 8 a.m. August 29 with shooting beginning around 9.

Money raised helps fund scholarships distributed to area high school seniors and college students by the Livingston County Farm Bureau.

“This is just another way that we raise money so we can turn around and give it back out,” noted Immke.

The cost is $15 for 50 targets and a meal voucher is provided. A derby style format is used where you shoot 25, 16-yard targets and 25 handicap. The scores determine the winners.

“There will be prizes given away at the end of the day.”

Anyone wanting more information can reach out to the Livingston County Farm Bureau in Pontiac or Immke.

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