DANVILLE — Corn and soybean crops in Vermilion County are faring well despite some excessive moisture in some parts of the county.
Corn has well surpassed the old “knee high by the Fourth of July” adage in local fields this year and beans are doing well at this point in the growing season.
Tom Fricke, director of information for the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, said there has been some spotty problems in different parts of the county as a result of rains this spring and early summer.
Ponding, he said, has caused some uneven corn and beans in areas. Some beans, particularly across the southern part of the county, were delayed getting in the ground.
A hot August will be difficult on those plants, according to Fricke.
Before Monday, June was a wet month with measurable rain reported in more than half of the summer months’ days. For the month, 6.23 inches fell in the Danville area, surpassing the June average of 4.7 inches.
In addition to creating uneven corn and beans, Fricke said the excess water could also saturate the soil enough to cause problems with the corn plants’ roots.
In particular, he said the moisture could not allow “the plant to get a good root structure.”
According to the weekly agriculture report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 99 percent of beans in the eastern counties, including Vermilion County, have emerged so far but none of the corn is silking.
In addition, topsoil and subsoil moisture is 83 and 82 percent adequate, respectively.