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…

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 …