Champaign County

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Daniel Herriott farms with his father, Steve, and his brother, Matthew. They grow corn and soybeans near Sidney in southeastern Champaign County. Daniel is a second-generation CropWatcher. Dan…

It has been another busy week in the countryside for harvest. The majority of crops left in the field are soybeans. The elevators are running extended hours trying to help soybean harvest progress before the forecasted rain. Some fields of beans are practically on the ground from the last ra…

Harvest has been very rapid across the area until the pesky rains came. Very little progress has been made. Soybean harvest came to a standstill with the weather forecast. Overall, bean yields have been exceeding expectations. Corn yields have been lacking compared to expectations. Corn had …

Harvest has been in full swing all over the county. Corn and beans are being harvested. They are starting to get fertilizer spread and land is starting to be tilled for next year.

Harvest activity picked up as the week continued on. A few bean fields are being harvested but mostly the activity has been in corn. Early yields and moisture appear to be dependent on the decision to have sprayed and if there is the presence of tar spot. Other field activities include cover…

I am once again counting my blessings. We dodged another bullet this week with the local storms. Gibson City suffered from strong winds that blew over some crops. We received just over 1 inch of rain and much calmer winds. Some of the tops in the corn have blown out, but overall, the corn is…

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We have been fortunate this week to catch some cooler weather along with rain showers. More soybean fields are turning yellow. Sudden Death Syndrome in the soybean fields is more prevalent than last year. The corn fields are maturing quicker than the beans. There are signs in some fields tha…

The crops have been changing significantly this week. We were fortunate to pick up just over 0.5 inches of rain this week as the crops finish out the season. The hot weather has some of the corn starting to fire up at the bottom of the plant. The early maturing corn that was planted early is…

Last week was mostly uneventful until Thursday. We were lucky and caught .6 of an inch of rain. As you go north of Champaign, that amount increased significantly and, in some areas, totals were above 10 inches in one day. Soybeans are still working on filling out the pods. I am thankful for …

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We have another week of cool weather. Activity in the field is down to just roadsides being mowed. Corn is in the milk stage and the beans are working on filling the pods.

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The corn crop continues to shape up well. The pollination window was hit well with good pollination occurring. It seems more fields were sprayed than average with fungicide. There continues to be concerns with the soybeans, given the wetter season. If there is any parallel, our garden tomato…

Another quieter week with extremely localized rain. We had roughly a half of an inch with other pockets having up to 4 inches. Corn is in the middle of pollination and many bean fields are at R3. The planes are in the sky with an active fungicide ahead of us. 

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The last week has been full of rain, rain and more rain. Overall, I consider ourselves lucky. We received 6.25 inches of rain over the course of the week. Every rainfall was nearly an inch give or take. The first 3 inches soaked in well. The latter half of the week has been above and beyond,…

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The weather continues to be wild! Last weekend's storms mostly left us OK on our farm. Rain shower amounts were again all over the board. We were spared by the wind but our fellow farmers down by Newman took it on the chin. Corn fields were blown over and spots were left twisted. Crops that …

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Rain showers have continued to be spotty. Last weekend’s rain was anywhere between trace amounts to a water bomb of 4 inches in less than an hour. We were very fortunate to have an inch. The pockets of the large rain amounts have had water standing in the low spots for multiple days. The sto…

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The corn and soybeans are really finding their stride now with the heat and humidity. Earlier soybeans are in the fifth trifoliate stage and the 15-inch row beans are starting to shade in the rows. They will likely start to flower this week. The earlier corn is near V7 and a little over knee…

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It has been a busy week for folks making hay as they work between the chances of rain. Rain totals were around a half-inch over the last few days. The corn was struggling early in the week with a sickly yellow tinge throughout the fields. Later in the week, the corn finally found the nitroge…

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Rain showers this week have fallen short of expectations. Before Thursday rain opportunities, totals were less than half of an inch. The rain on Tuesday and Wednesday hardly slowed down sidedressing or spraying. Much of the early April planted corn and beans have been sprayed in the area. Th…

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Activity was again very limited after about an inch of rain. At the end of last week, there was limited planting and sidedressing. The late heat will finally help the corn and beans start their growth for the year. Early beans are only showing one to twi trifoliates. The early corn is around…

It is cold! More corn and soybeans have been emerging, but overall crop growth is very slow. Last week, we had an early morning frost, which burned the leaves on the emerged beans. Roughly 20% of the leaf surface area was brown and wilting. It appears they will grow out of it if we can get s…

Rain last week slowed down planting progress in the fields. There were short windows for some during the weekend and Thursday. Rainfall totals were near a half-inch, which allowed some sprayers to get caught up during the dry days. I would estimate that planting is 75% complete. Besides the …

The more seasonal weather this week has been a blessing. Planting progress was rapid in the early part of the week before the rain. I would estimate planting progress is 75% or greater. Wednesday rains brought a welcome inch. There were localized pockets that had more or less. Corn and bean …

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What a week!  Corn and soybean planting continued during the weekend and into the first part of the week. Some April 5-6 corn and beans emerged just a day or two in front of the cold front. It was a sight to see spiked corn getting covered by the snowfall. Most of the area had nearly 1 ½ inc…

Last weekend, we had about a half-inch of rain. That put a halt on much of the spring progress till midweek. A few folks chiseled ground going into soybeans Wednesday and Thursday. A few people planted soybeans and fewer people planted corn. The majority of planted fields are soybean fields.…

Spring was in the air last week. Many shed doors were open with planters rolling, ground being worked and anhydrous being applied in the first part of the week. The majority of the planting was soybeans, but some corn got planted, too. Planting conditions were really good on the fields with …

It is great to be back for another season! We are blessed to have welcomed our third son to the farm this spring. There has been very little fieldwork completed since last fall. There have been one or two days of spring anhydrous occur over a week ago. Spring weather has not been conducive y…