Carroll County

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Leroy Getz owns the Lucky Clover Dairy Farm near Savanna and is one of our original Cropwatchers. He and his son, Ronald, milk 90 Holstein cows and raise their own replacement animals. They al…

No measurable precipitation allowed harvest to go nonstop. Many acres of corn and soybeans were combined. I was close to finishing (three loads to go) with a full hopper, on a hillside and the rear axle of the combine broke out with a big “KABOOM.” With no parts available, we turned to the w…

Rainy days didn't allow much harvest this week. I received a total of 1.5 inches while as much as 3.5 inches fell in other spots. We hoped to resume combining corn Friday. The dry pastures are greening up again. This rain will get the fall seeding started including the volunteer corn and bea…

Much needed rain fell Thursday (1.1 inches). The eastern part of the county had more. Soybean harvest is near 90% complete and corn harvest has covered many acres. Fertilizer and tillage are following close behind. Bins are filling up and trucks are hauling to the river markets. For many yea…

September ends as the driest month with only .45 inches of rain. Ninety-degree days are burning crops. The dry down has corn at 13% and soybeans at 7% moisture. Harvest is moving at a fast pace. Fires have consumed choppers, combines and today, a new self-propelled baler. Take time for maint…

Predicted heavy rain on Sept. 21 delivered a mere .25 inches of rain. That did not drown the armyworms and they did not die of starvation, as a result we sprayed with "mustang" and that stopped them. There was a report of lush, green alfalfa being eaten up in just 36 hours. The dry down on c…

“HOW DRY I AM.” Yes, with no rain the last two weeks, corn and beans are drying fast. Reports are coming in of 11% beans yielding 50-85 bpa. Corn harvest is on the go. I saw some corn stalks being baled in a cloud of dust. The fall armyworms have found their way to northern Illinois working …

Scattered rains left 0.2 inches at our farm on Sept. 3. Another storm on Tuesday, Sept. 7 carried hail to parts of northwestern Illinois. Soybeans are maturing and starting to drop leaves. The shorter days are causing plants to yellow fast. Tar spot in certain corn hybrids have killed the pl…

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Scattered showers on Sunday, Aug. 29 and Tuesday, Aug. 31 but nothing measurable at our farm. Crops are maturing fast. Many corn varieties have enough heat units to be at black layer or physically mature. GDUs are 2530. Hay making continues with some dairy producers having chopped tier five …

Rain totaled 0.95 inches for the week. Strong 70 mph winds on Tuesday evening laid some cornfields flat. The dried out stressed areas seemed to show the most damage. The corn is mature enough that it will not come back up. Harvest will be stressful in those fields. Silage chopping started in…

The dry weather is pushing the corn crop along to maturity. The ears are dented but now is the time that test weight is added. Silage chopping is scheduled to start soon. Soybeans continue to look great. There is a high pod count, and the plants are equal in height to the volunteer corn. We …

Hot, humid days were very uncomfortable last week. Rain on Aug. 10 and 11 left 1.1 inches at our farm. There were reports of 2 inches. My early corn yield checks on two fields were 204 and 232 bushels per acre. The ears are filled to the tip with large kernels. A little denting has started. …

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No rain for the week was great for all the county fairs. Most of the crops in Carroll County look great with the sandier fields getting irrigated. Corn is reaching the dough stage. Areas in Stephenson County are really dry and need rain. The fungicides are mostly all applied. Very green, lea…

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A thunderstorm on Wednesday morning dropped .4 of an inch of rain and another storm on Thursday morning left .55 of an inch. July total is 3.55 inches. Hot and humid days made crops, grass and weeds grow fast. Corn is in the milk stage and with the latest rain it should fill those big ears w…

A week with no rain allowed hay making and combining of small grains. Our oats yielded 90 bushels per acre. Straw was baled. When a problem arose on the baler, a quick call to a friend concluded that a sensor had moved while traveling on the rough gravel roads. An easy fix. Corn has pollinat…

Very little work was done in the fields this past week. Rainy days totaled up to 2 inches for the week. Most corn is now in the silk stage so this rain should be perfect for pollination. Wind pushed the oats and wheat around, taking away what looked like a good easy harvest. Hay fields will …

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Rain on July 7 of 0.6 at our farm while other areas got up to 1 inch. Early potatoes have been dug and the fields have been planted to green and lima beans. Wheat harvest started with yields of 60 to 75 bushels per acre. Moisture around 12% before the rain. Corn is tasseling in most fields. …

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Several little showers of .05 to .2 inches totaled .55 for the week, giving 3.95 inches for June. Growing Degree Units at 1,110 is above the last three years by about 200 units. My granddaughter Lakin measured our tallest corn at 9 foot 4 inches, but no tassels yet. Small grains are ripening…

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Rain on Father's Day of 1.9 inches. Some hail was reported with wind damage. The cooler days have relaxed the corn plants and crops look excellent. Our April 25 planted corn is now well over my head. Rain or the forecast of rain did not allow much hay to be made. Oat and wheat fields look good.

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The dry weather is taking its toll on the fields that missed last week's rains. The yield potential will be down. Corn looks bad on these hot days. More hay and oat fields were baled this week. Rain is in the forecast, but I don't see much relief. Commodities sure took a free fall on Thursda…

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Thanks to the editor for filing my report via phone last week. Local scattered storms this week were hit and miss. We finally got 1.4 inches of rain on Wednesday night, but just one mile away there was 5.2 inches. Some areas got nothing. The heat really made crops grow with some corn now sha…

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My internet service has been interrupted and reinforces the need for reliable service and repair in the rural area. Hope to be up in the next week. My May rain total was 3.35 inches. We had frost on May 29 and 30 that killed some corn plants, but the soybeans seem to come through OK. Current…

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The much-needed rain finally came to northwest Illinois May 15 with one-tenth of an inch and on May 18 and 19 with 1 inch more. Corn and soybeans have now emerged and taken on a greener color with the added heat units. Alfalfa weevils are infesting the hay fields making it a priority to cut …

 Mother's Day rain of 1.3 inches was followed by four mornings of frost. Some corn plants show damage, but the growing point will come through. WE HOPE! The end rows on a timberline field that the racoons dug up had to be replanted. We baled our triticale and planted that field to corn. It y…

Rain this week of .45 of an inch was much welcome to settle the dust. Some areas in the county had as much as 1 inch. Most planting has been completed. Many cornfields have emerged. Soybeans are popping up, but seem uneven. There has been rye chopped, and I know of one wheat field that is cu…

A warm and dry week. Had a drizzle of rain Thursday. April total of 2.95 inches. Planters have put in lots of corn and soybeans. We are 80% finished. Warm soils are sprouting corn within three to four days. Topsoil is dry and dust clouds can be seen everywhere. Too dry or cool in the timber …

We remained dry for the week as the snow stayed away. Rain is forecast and a little warm moisture would be welcome. Frost on two mornings did not seem to have done any damage. More planters have started with both corn and beans. Earlier planted fields have not yet emerged. We are waiting for…

Rain of 2.3 inches and below-normal temperatures did not encourage any fieldwork last week. We had frost Wednesday morning. Our oats have sprouted and emerged. The pastures have greened up and are growing, so we plan on moving some bred dairy heifers to grass.

Warm temperatures and light rain of .5 of an inch have brought alfalfa and grasses to life. Rye, wheat and our triticale have come through the winter in great shape. Fieldwork of fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia and tillage have kept tractors roaring. Low milk prices and high feed costs in Febr…

Welcome once again to northwest Illinois and our Lucky Clover Dairy Farm. Winter covered the fields with deep snow for 70-plus days, but the ground was not frozen beneath, so the snow melt stayed in the fields. We have good soil moisture. Fieldwork has started with chisel plowing, anhydrous …