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Stephenson Service Company and the Stephenson County Farm Bureau are teaming up to demonstrate the impact of implementing 4R nutrient stewardship practices.  Four sites in different quadrants of the county will be running N-Serve comparison trials and rate comparisons, and each site will have a unique focus with various cover crop studies as well. Weather monitoring stations will be integrated at each site, and a central event will be held at one of the sites in the summer with updates from all of the projects.

  
  
Weather Overview for July8/1/2017

​For the month of July average high temperatures were 80.7 degrees while the average low daily temperature was 61.8 degrees. These seasonal temperatures recorded the highest single day temperature on the 6th at 90 degrees while the lowest daily high was 68 degrees on the 14th. July saw well above average rainfall through the month with a total of 10.71 inches for the month. The highest daily amount was 3.07 on the 21st which occurred during a 5 day rain event that dropped 7.6 inches. For the month a total 633 Growing Degree Units (GDU) were received with the highest daily amount recorded of 26 recorded on several day in mid-July. ​

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Weather Overview for June7/1/2017

For the month of June average high temperature was 80.9 degrees while the average low daily temperature was 60.8 degrees. The first 2 weeks of June saw well above average temperature and very limited rain.  During that time temperatures average 86.7 degree accompanied by windy conditions drying out soils before rain returned mid-month. The last 2 weeks of June saw a significant cool down to more seasonable temperatures and above average rainfall.  Temperatures average 76.6 degrees over that span with 8.6 inches of precipitation from the 14th – 30th. The highest daily rainfall of 5.3 inches was recorded on the 28th with a monthly rainfall total at the site of 8.65 inches.  For the month a total 606 Growing Degree Units (GDU) were received with the highest daily amount recorded on the 11th at 29. Evapotranspiration for the month totaled 7.1 inches providing a surplus of 1.55 inches when compared to precipitation.  

Evapotranspiration (ET) is the sum of evaporation and plant transpiration. Evaporation accounts for the movement of water to the air from sources such as the soil, canopy interception, and waterbodies. Transpiration accounts for the movement of water within a plant and the subsequent loss of water as vapor through stomata in its leaves​.

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Weather Overview for May6/1/2017

Following a low of 33 degrees on May 1st,  ambient temperature rose steadily to reach a high of 86 degrees on May 16th before cooler wet weather entered the region around May 20th.  Average air high temperature was 68.6 degrees while the average low daily temperature was 47.9 degrees.  Average daily soil temperatures peaked on May 18th at 64 degrees but ended the month at 59 degrees. May saw persistent rainfall with precipitation being recorded on 13 separate dates and only 4 consecutive days without moisture was observed on the 11th – 14th.   Monthly rainfall total at the site was 5.54 inches with the highest daily amount or 1.07 inches on May 9th.  For the month a total 307 Growing Degree Units (GDU) were received with the highest daily amount recorded on the 16th at 24. 

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Weather Overview for April5/5/2017

​Air and soil temperatures warmed up nicely by mid-April but was followed by rain and a significant cool off during the last week.  Average air high temperature was 60.9 degrees while the average low daily temperature was 41.5 degrees.  Those were highlighted by a high of 76 degrees on April 25 and a low of 30 degrees on April 7.  Average daily soil temperatures peaked on April 26 at 56 degrees however fell to 45 degrees by end of month.  The sight recorded 16 days of average soil temperatures above 50 degrees with average for the month at 49.8 degrees.  Monthly rainfall total at the site was 5.34 inches with the 2.2 inches of that total coming during the last 5 days of the month. For the month a total 182 Growing Degree Units (GDU) were received with the highest daily amount recorded on April 25 at 13. 

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N-Rate Trials with Nutrient Stabilizer with N-Watch 4/12/2017

​On April 12, two of the the four replicated trials have been put in. The third will be put in during the next rain free period. Each trial will have an N-Watch study with them and two different rates in the strips. One field will also have a variable rate trial in it. These will all have a farmer compared rate in combination with the two rate used in the strips with stabilizer.  We are also working on field days for two different times, one​ in June the other in September so watch for more details.  ​

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Stephenson Service Company

410 S Hancock
Freeport, IL 61238
800-782-4740
www.stephensonfs.com

Stephenson County Farm Bureau

Bruce Johnson
stephfb@aeroinc.net
815-232-3186
www.stephensoncfb.org

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