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…

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 …