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…

As we come to the last full week of October, harvest continues at a breakneck pace. With another impending storm in the future for added motivation, many have tried, and some have succeeded, in finishing this year's harvest. Some tillage operations were in full swing between ripping, vertica…

It was a mad dash to the sheds and shops last weekend as ideal weather allowed many to get significant crop out, especially vulnerable corn that was falling over fast. Then, the rains came Monday. Rainfall amounts were varied from 1 inch to over 3 inches in isolated places. The ground has be…

Progress continues here in western Illinois. Majority of farmers are focusing on corn for several reasons. Biggest reason in this neck of the woods is to get it out before it goes down any further. The wind storm a few weeks back did more damage to the corn than previously expected. And with…

We are getting to the time of the year where you blink and another field is harvested. It’s been great conditions to run all across the area. Yields are all over the board. Corn is 50 to 250. Beans are 30 to 90. Try to make sense of that. I must stress with as much intensity as I can to plea…

Amazing how we are at the last week of September already. It seemed after I mentioned last week how not much harvesting had begun, it took off like a rocket the next day! Now seeing a lot of corn fields out and done. Yields were mentioned around 200 all around, which is good for the early pl…

Finally some combines are starting to make their appearances known in parts of the county. Early moistures are still running in the upper teens, but some premiums are being captured despite the high moisture. Yields are still tight lipped, however the rumor mill is not much above APH, so we …

We’re getting closer every day to harvest in the immediate area around home. But I haven’t seen any other fields harvested or rumor mills running of others operating as of now. It’s becoming like Christmas; waiting to open the presents but can’t hold out for too much longer.

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It’s pretty quiet out here this week. Just getting everything ready for harvest. A few aerial cover crop applications are being applied to some corn fields. Catching up on the last mowing passes and cleaning up the shop seem like the common responses around the county.

Crazy how we blew through August. I forgot how much I dislike hot and humid weather. We’ve been lucky enough to have decent weather for most of the summer, but this week cooked me! Not too much to do anyway except look at the crops ripen. Some spotty storms passed through every day this week…

Not much to report on this week. Corn and soybeans are soaking up the sun and looking good. Just a few hay baling opportunities going on. Roadside and waterway mowing now the task preferred during these hot days. The dog days of August are upon us.

It’s been a busy few weeks here with county fairs, golf outings and other celebrations. Fortunately, we’ve also been getting some decent rains, albeit some of them have been a little too heavy for places. But I’ll never turn down an August rain. Still some planes flying fungicide on the late…

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It was a warm one in the region. Crop dusters kept the skies busy with fungicide applications as well as some ground-driven rigs. Every now and then a rogue shower would pass over parts of the county, but nothing too widespread. That being said, portions of the county received over two inche…

I know to some of you this sounds like a shocker, and to others a broken record, but we can’t seem to keep the rain away. It started last weekend where totals came in from 4 inches to a whopping 10 inches to our northeast. A lot of culverts and low spots saw a lot of erosion and washouts. In…

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. It was so good to be able to attend a county fair and see everyone out and about. Wheat was the word of the week. Last week rains kept combines at bay until Monday. Quite a bit cut in two days and then some scattered showers stopped pro…

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Wow, already July. It's been a quiet week here in western Illinois. What with the 5 to 10 inches of rain portions have received in the last 10 days, it's to be expected that the ground is a little soggy. Fortunately, the rain, for the most part, is soaking in very well and there hasn't been …

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Some may have called it a million-dollar rain last week. I called it a start towards a million-dollar rain. Some places in the county received a nice 2 inches of steady rainfall, but others were not so lucky. Some got a little hail and pushed-over corn as well, but others were lucky and avoi…

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Not much to report except it’s hot and dry. Those putting up hay have been appreciative. Those with struggling crops are begging for rains and cooler temperatures. Wheat turning fast but will probably be another ten days to two weeks before harvest. 

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It’s been a warm week in the area, much to the delight of those still getting first time crops in and for those finishing up replant. I’d say for the most part the planters have made it back to the sheds and are almost ready to be parked. Haying has progressed nicely as well thanks to the su…

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Most were worried about the past weekend (May 29 and 30) storm, but fortunately only light amounts were experienced. This allowed fieldwork to resume in a snap. Majority was first-time soybean planting progress. Still a lot of unplanted fields by week’s end. Replant was the rest of the activ…

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When you look at the rain gauge, we didn’t really have that much rain. However, it just seemed like it was always raining and wet outside. But we started to get a few good sunny days mid-week. Some first-time soybean planting got going Wednesday, but rain chances Thursday scared a few back i…

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It's been a few weeks since I reported, but when it rains all the time, there isn't too much to report on. We were one of the lucky ones that got all the corn and beans in the ground before the rains began. It was so cool the week before that and I was worried if they would get out of the gr…

A lot of good progress was made last week. Saturday brought on some great drying weather. Then it was a mad dash before the next storm system Tuesday. As usual, it seemed to split the county in two. Southern parts received a little, the middle section a lot, and the north, well, just enough …

We finally got some great drying weather last weekend, which made most every planter make its way into the fields by Tuesday. If they weren’t planting, most were tilling soils. Some were working almost too dry, which I know some of you in the state could relate to. The storm system that came…

Another wild weather week here in west-central Illinois. We started out on a mild note Monday, which allowed some to finish anhydrous application or start some tillage. But most were hesitant to do any fieldwork ahead of the cold blast Tuesday and Wednesday. Oh, by the way, did I mention the…

It’s the tale of two counties in the state of Illinois. Where most of you east of I-55 are begging for a nice drink of rain, we here on the western side had a little too much. It started with a fast-moving storm April 14 that brought 2 inches, then the slow-moving system last Saturday droppe…

It was a furious pace early last week, as conditions mimicked early May rather than April. Saw several planters get in some early corn and a lot of third-hand reports of several acres of soybeans in as well. Heard that one farmer has all his 700 acres of corn in the ground. But then came a p…

Welcome back everybody! I hope you had the chance to celebrate the risen Savior with loved ones in person this year. Tractor engines are revving and racing in anticipation to hit the fields this week. Already some reports of corn AND soybeans in the ground the past few days. Still some late …