Coles County

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Todd Easton raises corn, soybeans, and wheat on his farm near Charleston.

I can hardly believe we are into May, and I am hoping this month will finally bring in the heat we need to start a crop off. I can’t remember more drastic weather swings happening in a month than in the April we just went through. After we quickly warmed and dried out of the freeze and snow,…

Snow after tax day can happen, and this turned out to be one of those rare years. Now we get to see how the seeds in the ground will deal with this anomaly. The forecast this week is finally warming up, but we also have more April showers coming at us, too. Planted fields are probably just o…

Where’s the heat? Please send it this way if you have some to spare. Some planters have returned to the field the last two days as fields dried, but still not much hard running yet. With a light weekend chance of rain and low temperatures staying around, it looks like a few more days of what…

Planting season has officially started here in Coles County as time and weather allowed some fields to get to a workable condition until Thursday’s rain came in. The only catch is the cool temperatures this week. About half the area producers planted varying amounts of acres while the other …

Another CropWatcher season is here! Looking out in the fields on this sunny yet cold day, nature’s getting ready to help us get another crop to harvest. You can tell everyone is getting the itch as fields are graying off across the majority of the acres and a few of the usual suspects have a…