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…

We have had a true blessing the last week with great weather to finish harvest. I would estimate only 5% of the crop is left to harvest and that will likely wrap up by the beginning of next week. The county has a strong start on fall tillage work. Colder soil temperatures and great soil cond…

 We had another great week of harvest weather. I would estimate nearly 90% of the beans have been harvested. Corn harvest is far behind soybean harvest. Wednesday’s dry conditions and wind resulted in field fires. Champaign County, along with the surrounding counties, experienced multiple fi…

Harvest picked up significantly last week. The week started out with a hard freeze with the warming forecast we were looking for to dry down the mature, but wet, April and May corn.  The changing forecast had most working hard at beans last week. Some finished up bean harvest with others get…

Harvest is slowly picking up steam across the county. Most are focusing on beans as the fields are ready. Cloudy days and scattered rain have made Harvest 2020 just like the rest of 2020. Corn has been slow to dry down. The driest corn I have come across is hovering around 20%. Cornfields ar…

Last week was quite a change of pace with multiple days of rain. We received more than an inch. Corn is continuing to black layer. A few soybean fields planted early with an early maturing bean are ready to cut as soon as we get some sunny days. The only fields still green were planted in la…

After waiting nearly three weeks for a rain, nearly the entire county received less the a half of an inch of rain. In Sidney, I had just a quarter of an inch. More fields of beans are turning with the lack of rainfall. Corn is continuing its race to the finish line now without recent rains. …

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We were very fortunate last week. We were able to mostly avoid the strong winds that came through. Only .1 to .3 of an inch of rain was received in our area. Soybeans planted in April are starting to change their green tint, but there have yet to be any beans turning yellow. Early-planted co…

We had more than an inch of rain last week. There is a little water standing again in the lowest spots. Those areas will drag down the field averages. Higher corn ground is looking promising. Some of the cornfields that were not sprayed are showing disease move up the plant. April-planted so…

Last week was a humbling week. The county received widespread hail Saturday night. The worst from what I had seen was just south of Sidney. Multiple beanfields were defoliated to only 20% of the leaves left. Corn was shredded to the point that none of the leaves on the VT stage corn has an u…

It seems like our weather pattern is shifting again this year to be more like last year. Last week was hot and humid. Rain showers have been spotty with Sidney only having .1 of an inch of rain. Only a few miles north, they have had a few inches. Some of the isolated pop-up storms have broug…

Another week of great heat has brought us another great week of crop growth. Soybeans are in full bloom and April-planted beans in 30-inch rows have nearly shaded in the rows. Early cornfields are roughly a week away from starting pollination. Wheat harvest has mostly been completed at this …

If you don’t like the weather in Illinois, just stick around for a little while! Much of the county received some much-needed rain last week. April-planted corn has hit the dark green stage and looks much better than the week before. The corn crop is deceiving and looks very even from the ro…

It seems we have gone from one extreme right to the other. Last week’s rain totals were zero for us. Late in the week, the corn started to roll its leaves before midmorning. Many of the “early” beans have been sprayed a second time and need rain to get them through their tough stage. Planter…

Fields started to dry out midweek as spraying and sidedress activity picked up across the county. The lucky folks that only had an inch of rain got back in quicker. Much of the county only had a couple tenths of rain that came in from the tropical storm. Corn and beans planted in front of la…

Last week, everyone was either finishing up planting, spotting in replant areas, sidedressing or spraying. Nearly every typical ponding area in the fields had to be spotted in. The Mother’s Day planted crops have faired the worst with emergence. Many of the fields had more extensive replant …

There has been very limited farming activity since last week. During Memorial Day weekend, we received another 1.75 inches of rain. Corn and beans planted around Mother’s Day have been coming up. Crops planted in those second and third windows are uneven and still have ponds that need to be …

The Many of us were out during the weekend with rotary hoes in the cornfields. Sunday and Monday started the third round of planting, with some in the northern part of the county able to start sooner. Corn planted in early April looks the best so far, with good even emergence and nearly perf…

Another week has gone past with almost zero field activity. The only exception has been limited spraying. The weekly total was just shy of 3/4 of an inch of rain. Corn and beans planted around April 6 have their true leaves. Corn is a light green, but green nonetheless. Corn and beans plante…

Field activity this week was very limited. We received just shy of 1.5 inches Saturday. That rain soaked in well, which gave us an opportunity to do some spraying Tuesday. Tuesday evening into Wednesday brought just over 2 inches, which was 2 inches too much. Many of the ponds filled up alon…

During the weekend, planters started to roll again. The majority of folks were planting by the end of Monday at the latest.  It has been a mix of corn and beans getting planted, depending on each person’s belief about cooler soil temperatures. We have had a nice few days of planting with a g…

Last week brought us minimal rain and cold weather. Planting progress was slowed by the colder weather, but a few fields of corn and beans continued to go in the ground. Most of the field activity has been additional anhydrous, fertilizer spreading and preplant herbicide application, along w…

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Another spring has quickly come upon us. Last week, fieldwork steadily picked up. Much of the field activity has been leveling chiseled ground, applying anhydrous, spreading fertilizer and spraying. In parts of the county, planting has also started. Much of the planting activity has been soy…

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Last weekend, great progress was made in the fields. More of the few remaining bean fields were taken out along with the continued corn harvest. Tillage work was also in full swing with more anhydrous going on. There is certainly more fall tillage work done this year at this time than last y…

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In my short years of living, I was hoping to not see another year similar to 2009 until late in my life. It seems 2019 is giving us a run for our money. Last weekend, we received about 2 inches of rain from the all-day rain event. By Tuesday afternoon, conditions had improved enough that som…

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Harvest has continued fairly quickly with only about a day out of the field. I would estimate more than 80% of the beans have been harvested in the county. Corn harvest is not quite as far along. Much of the corn left to harvest is the June-planted corn. Moisture on the late-planted corn is …

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Harvest quickly picked up last week. Rainfall that occurred earlier in the week was quickly absorbed by the extremely dry soils. Corn being harvested is mostly between 15 and 20% moisture. Later-planted corn is still well above 20% with some still yet to black layer. Early corn harvest is mo…

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Activity picked up in fields toward the end of last week. Many local elevators are offering half-price drying, but even then, activity has been slow as compared to the past. Much of the corn has still been above 25% moisture. Some of the June corn has yet to even black layer. Preliminary yie…

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This week’s warmer weather has brought quite a change. Many more bean fields turned last week. I think the first field around Sidney could be cut in two weeks. In the northern part of the county where crops died prematurely, corn and bean harvest will be starting sooner. In those areas, corn…

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More fields of soybeans are starting to turn. Pod counts are low and pod fill appears poor with the lack of significant rainfall this year. June corn looks great from the road with healthy, green leaves. The reality is significant tip-back on the ears along with ear size not being uniform fr…

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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. Daniel also works in agribusiness, covering Champaign County and surrounding counties.