The Cook Area Farm ReportWhat's happening on the local farms
Lack of rainfall in late May and June brought drought conditions to the area but July rains reduced the impact and improved yield potential, especially for field corn. The corn pollination went well is looking good. Soybeans are showing more impact from weather extremes.
Area farmers enjoyed quality yields of winter wheat that were harvested in July and the straw from the wheat is in good condition for sale this summer and fall.
The July rains have impacted local hay harvest significantly, delaying some first cutting and causing struggles for farmers to complete second cutting of hay.
Greenhouses are prepping for and growing fall flowers including chrysanthemums. Most are reporting a good spring/summer sales season but are expressing frustration in having a very difficult time finding employees.
Most farmers’ markets and farm stands are open and featuring sweetcorn and other summer vegetable sales. Vegetable growth and stand has been healthy. Produce farmers are expecting strong support with public interest and demand in locally produced fruit and vegetables remaining high.
|Corn is pollinating now in Cook County. (10-year old niece of Tim Stuenkel, Board of Directors)
|A Cook County area combine harvesting winter wheat. Wheat harvest was in full swing during the month of July. Most of the wheat grown in Illinois is soft red winter wheat used to make cereals, cakes, cookies and pretzels.