Adams County

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Brent Clair farms about 750 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat near Loraine. He is also a private meteorologist, assisting the Adams County Emergency Management Agency with coordinated response…

Oh, how I could rip into this year, but this is a time of reflection not destruction. I would say that a large majority of the farmers in the area are completed with harvest and experienced very good yields in both corn and beans.  There is still a field standing by itself in places, but wit…

As predicted last week, I would say a large majority of the soybean crop has been harvested. Incredible weather allowed harvest to progress at whatever length of day you wanted. There were a couple reports of field fires, but none on the scale of some in the eastern part of the state. With b…

I believe it can be said now that all have started harvest in this area. I’m sure there might be one or two that I’ve missed, but for the most part harvest is in full swing. We are enjoying near textbook weather at this time, and hopefully another full week as well. Because of the progress, …

As we start the month of October, most combines are finally coming to life. However, most farmers aren't in a mad rush. Most corn still appears to be in that 20% area, but I'm finally starting to hear some good yields coming across the scales. I would put most of the early stuff above normal…

We got some light rains last week that helped finish a few late-planted crops. But it was a cool, dreary week, so shop work was the main activity. Corn is turning fast. I’d say we should see the first combines start to roll by the end of the week. Soybeans are starting to turn as well, but i…

And we turn another page of the calendar. We got a nice shower early last week that perked up the soybeans quite a bit. Might not make a 100 bushels because of it, but it was well welcomed. Silage is starting to be cut so the sweet smell is wafting through the air in areas. Most guys are jus…

The heat drastically hurt corn and beans. I think some of the rains we got earlier helped out, so we shouldn’t be too bad off. But some light areas are definitely cut back. Silage is just about to let loose, so there’s a few shops getting choppers ready to go. Roadsides and pastures are gett…

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We received anywhere from a half-inch to an inch of rain last Monday. Thankfully, no wind or hail was involved. Very saddened to see the destruction of our neighbors way north. I'd never wish that on anybody. Crops looking as good as they can be at this time of year. Haven't really heard any…

I feel bad to state that we have been receiving some well-timed and decent amounts of rain the past few weeks. All the crops really look good from the road. Granted, there could be a lot of holes in the middle, but for the most part, it looks good. I really do feel sorry for those missing th…

Wow! Just like that, it's August. Of course, last week wasn’t the same, considering I should be reporting from our county fair. Instead, I'm at my home office longing for a milkshake and a funnel cake … We received some gentle rains midweek, which are really bringing the crops home. Soybean …

Wow! How July just flew by. Fortunately, we are seeing some timely rains for the most part, and crops are looking very good. We have avoided the big wind storms but just barely. Had one producer update me on cattle. Said that the stock is doing relatively well with pasture and hay supplies. …

Halfway through July and I'd say crops are doing quite well. Was very blessed to get some much-needed rain Wednesday. Good coverage of 2 to 3 inches across the county, but hard to say how much really soaked in. An afternoon storm dumped another 1 ½ inches in about 20 minutes. That ran right …

I’m not much of a fan of hot, humid weather, so last week was not very enjoyable for me. But a few more projects got completed. Last of spraying was completed, and we cut our rye. Unfortunately, there must have been a wet spell during pollination because yield was dismal. Other farmers cut t…

As we enter July, it is definitely starting to feel as hot as a firecracker! Fortunately, we received some much needed rain Tuesday and Wednesday. However, some places in the southwestern part of the county unofficially received more than 10 inches. We really didn't need that. So, with the r…

It was a mad dash for a lot of soybean fields to get dicamba on at the last second. Weather didn’t cooperate entirely for that aspect, so will be interesting to see the alternative application for these fields. Rain was an interesting story. Quincy received anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rai…

Welcome to summer … what we do now is anybody's guess. Biggest news last week was the cancellation of our county fair. A lot of young people's hopes were dashed (again), but every day I pray something good is going to come from all of this chaos. It was a pleasant last week here. Lots of hay…

We received a solid inch of rain this past week thanks to Cristobal.  A gentle, soaking rain was just what these late-planted crops needed.  Those are the good looking crops.  The others are starting to show their wet spots badly.  A lot of us debated on replant and these fields that were on…

The word of the week was replant, as it seemed that every farmer was either tearing up fields to replant or patching in spots. Regardless, it was hard to see a decent stand of corn being terminated. We managed to wrap up soybeans last week, and with a day of replant ourselves, the planter is…

The weather finally straightened out for us, so we were able to finish the corn last Tuesday. It came with a cost, though, as an accident injured my father and took him out of commission for the week. Thanks to some great neighbors, we were able to continue while he recuperates. Rains were s…

Textbook weather last week allowed a lot of farmers to finish planting, but others are still far behind. Best guess is corn is 75% done and beans around 50%. But a lot of the farmers I’ve talked to say that this is just the “first time,” as many state they will have to do some replanting som…

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It can’t be May already … of course I can’t even tell what day of the week it is anymore. A good 3-inch rain last weekend and in the middle of the week has stopped planting progress in its tracks. The second rain made lakes of several fields around the area. My guess is that 50% of corn is i…

There was a rush for some farmers to get a few more acres planted, but any further progress was halted by a couple inches of heavy, wet snow Thursday. It didn’t last long but that cold water wasn’t the best for still sprouting seeds. Another heavier band just missed us to the north, but we s…

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Hello again, and welcome to another exciting year of farming adventures. Las week, just about everyone got out and did some sort of fieldwork. Some, like me, got nitrogen applied, and experienced cold, sour, damp soils. Others went for broke and full speed ahead with the planters. Had one fa…

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Cold and snowy weather stopped harvest operations in their tracks early last week. Reports are still wide and varied as far as progress, with some individuals finishing and some with several hundred acres of corn left. Not all of the beans are out, but I believe most farmers got the majority…

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Progress ground to an abrupt halt Thursday with a couple of inches of snow, on top of about an inch of rain from Wednesday. Not good news to many, as from what I've been told, corn and bean harvest is not much above 50% for the area. This wet and cold weather is not going to make a bad situa…

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And just like that, we are nearly into November. I wish I could say that we were closer to completion, but I’m afraid many are still a long way away. Soybeans are getting cut, but some producers are taking the moisture dock to avoid getting caught like last year. We are having to wait on all…

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Crops really started to turn last week. A few more cornfields have been shelled and quite a few soybean fields will be ready any day. Heard some disappointing yield reports in southern Hancock County but no values were mentioned. Had more than 5 inches of rain last week. We started the year …

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We come to the end of September, when we are typically halfway through corn harvest, with only one combine running in my area. I still have some 26% hand-shelled corn still trying to dry down. Thankfully, we have been having some conducive weather to aid the process. I've seen more soybean f…

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Heard one report of soybeans being harvested in the river bottoms. Yield was not mentioned, but just guessing it was an April-planted test run. Corn is still quite green, so still don’t anticipate a good start until after the new month. If we can get past this weekend storm, October looks to…

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As hard as it is to believe, a few combines have come to life, mainly in the river bottoms where the super-early corn is located. Moisture levels are still quite high, so a lot of drying days are still needed. Weather has cooperated with us in that aspect, but dew points are still running in…