CropWatchers 2.0 team members are happy to park their harvest equipment and shut their shed doors on the 2020 growing season.

As corn and soybean fields disappear across the state, cover crops are being planted, winter wheat is emerging and farmers forge on with farm projects. 

Lucas Roney’s to-do list is getting shorter. Not only did he complete harvest nearly three weeks ago, he also finished tillage work last week. During a short rain delay, Roney also crossed a few maintenance projects off his list  and also filled in some gullies that were washed out. So, what’s left for the Moultrie County farmer?

“This week we are going to start hauling some corn out of our bins to the local processor because there is very little carry in the market to justify storing corn past January,” he shared.

Roney’s annual ryegrass he planted last month is emerging and “has a pretty decent stand,” he said. “The rains we got over the weekend and a few days in the 70s this week ought to be enough to germinate most of the cereal rye we planted early last week.”

He remains thankful for the favorable weather for fieldwork this fall, considering some struggles he faced in the spring getting the crop planted.

In McHenry County, John Bartman is holding off on washing his combine.

“I may get a phone call from someone who needs it,” he said. It is another example of the ag community helping one another. Earlier this fall, Greg St. Aubin shared how friends and neighbors came together to finish harvest safely after members of his family tested positive for COVID-19.

This week, Bartman is scouting his cover crops and winter wheat fields. “They look terrific,” he reported.

Watch: John Bartman gives an update from his winter wheat field.

Greg St. Aubin is applying fall ammonia. “This is not our norm,” he said. “But the weather is in our favor and we have had wet issues the last few springs.”

In White County, Bryce Williams finished cutting beans and sewing wheat last week.

“I hope everyone has had a good and successful harvest and been safe during this COVID pandemic,” he said.