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

It’s been a busy week for Coles County farmers trying to find something left to do in the fields. Yes, I am joking. Of course, there is always something to do, but we are exceptionally well along in preparations for next year. Years like this are so nice, giving us a nice head start for the …

A few tenths of rain started the week but was quickly soaked up allowing fieldwork to resume. Most producers are finished harvesting and the rest are very close. Corn yields stayed very consistent through the end, even the later plantings held up good yields and maybe even better as it was a…

The lack of precipitation the last few weeks sped up harvest, but it was going a bit far for field safety and prompted Coles County to declare a burn ban during prime bonfire season. Finally, early last week we got some much needed dust-settling rain on the ground in the range of half an inc…

No breaks this week. Harvest is going full steam ahead as many farmers wrap up soybean harvest and are diving right into the corn rows. We had a variable soybean crop; yields came in from the 60s to the 90s. The infinite combination of rainfall, variety and timing this season made for a very…

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Harvest rolls on although we did get our first rain break of the year. Not quite a half-inch but enough for a small break to settle dust and put some moisture back in the beans.

Harvest is in full speed with most of the concentration on the ripening soybean fields. Those still out in the cornfields are finding corn dry enough for the grain bin and consistent yields up to the 250s in places. We have some nice yields in the soybean fields. High 70s to low 80s are the …

I guess I got so busy last week starting harvest that I forgot to submit a report. So, to catch up, we finally got some machines in the fields. A few early beans were taken out, but most combines ventured into the cornfields, which had some very good yields but were still wet enough to need …

More getting ready this week but no harvesters bringing in crops that I know of. Things are slowly drying down but obviously not to a point where anyone is ready to put as much drying cost into it that it would need. Hand-shelled samples are still in the high 20s for us.

It was another busy week, but still out of the fields. The Coles County corn crop reached or is approaching R6 black layer (physiological maturity) so harvest could start in the next week depending on how much farmers want to dry their corn. Early-planted soybean fields are coming into the R…

Rainy start to the week brought in some nice finishing moisture for the quickly maturing crops. My home gauge accumulated just over 3 inches from it all while my gauge 10 miles north had just an inch. Another week and our earliest corn will be at the end of its growth cycle and enter the bla…

Several members of the Coles County agricultural community had a good day out in the corn rows as they did the legwork to complete our 2022 yield estimate. Another patchy weather year brought varying results between the townships; most cornfields looked healthy and corn kernels were found to…

I don’t mean to repeat the same news over and over but at least it is good news. Wonderful crop-finishing weather and a little rain made for another great week out in the fields. It seems to be one of the cooler Augusts that I can remember, and I have heard a few concerns that cooler temps m…

We just concluded fair week here in Coles County, where fun and traditions are revisited every year. One of our long-standing traditions is at least a rain shower or two. This year is holding to that very well with multiple events bringing us at around 3 inches of precipitation last week. Be…

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Conditions have been just right, resulting in a happy crop for FarmWeek CropWatcher Todd Easton of Coles County. Coming off county fair week, Easton told RFD Radio's Rita Frazer the event was a success, and discussed the importance of community involvement as a county Farm Bureau member.

We just concluded fair week here in Coles County, where fun and traditions are revisited every year. One of our long-standing traditions is at least a rain shower or two. This year is holding to that very well with multiple events bringing us at around 3 inches of precipitation last week. Be…