5.5 Inches Of Rain Overnight

Published On: May 23, 2017

“5.5 Inches Of Rain Overnight”

Asked what a farmer does when 5.5 inches of rain falls on his place overnight, Trent Brandenburg replied,”Stay in the house!” During the overnight between Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, a 5.5-inch rainfall was reported at Cerro Gordo. Trent knew of measurements up to 7 inches. Trent surveyed his acreage Friday and found only about 5 per cent to be badly ponded. The wet soil will delay the needed replanting.

Trent had already begun replanting some corn acreage ponded in previous rainfalls, and was not yet done with soybean planting, so this work gets added to the replanting needed from the most recent “rain event” The replanted corn also creates a harvest problem because it will mature later than the surrounding corn from the original planting. So the replanted corn’s moisture content will be too high for safe storage at the time the drier surrounding corn can be picked. This will require more passes through the field to harvest the entire crop. “We’ll get through it,” Trent observed.

View more from The Field Report

More from The Field Report

  • Vivid green corn tasseling in July

Timely Rain Helps Corn And Beans

July 16, 2022|

Trent Brandenburg is happy to have received more than an inch of rain on his dry fields in mid-July.  After scouting his crops to determine drought damage, he concluded that the corn pollination hadn't gotten far enough along to be [...]

Corn Leaves Starting to Roll From Lack of Rain

June 28, 2022|

"The corn leaves are rolling," Trent Brandenburg replied when asked about drought effects on his crops. Despite widespread central Illinois one-inch rains Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th, as reported by CoCoRaHS (Community Cooperative Rain, Hail and Snow Network), [...]

View more from The Field Report