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

The dust is flying, which is the area’s big push toward finishing planting. My glancing estimate would put Coles County over two-thirds finished. The wonderful warmth last week has encouraged many little corn and bean plants to poke out of the ground. Just in case, a few rotary hoes came out…

Since the last report we experienced stop-and-go farming windows. That is until Wednesday rains put us at a hard stop for a while. So far, the gauge has collected about 2 inches off these latest events, with more coming if the forecast holds out. The weather has been veering off the educated…

Finally got at least a few days of conditions that we have been waiting for. Cultivators, planters, sprayers and all the other spring farming tools have been all over the county doing the best they can to seed and protect fields before the next front comes in and parks us. According to the f…

April sure has not turned out how producers would have liked. Last week some of us took advantage of very narrow windows to plant and work in what would be called “heavy conditions.” Right now only a handful of acres are in the ground but we may get dry enough fields to get started soon. I a…

Different week same situation. Cold and rainy, and according to the forecast the trend will continue. Fields are lightly greening up. Probably won’t get too out of hand with the cool temperatures for a bit. I guess it’s another week to triple check the equipment and be patient

We spent this last week doing mostly prep work around the farm. Fields dried off in spots enough to work on some tile holes and other minor detail work. That ended Wednesday afternoon when the predicted showers set in. So far the system has put over 2 inches in the gauge, filling all the low…

Greetings from Coles County! After a few cold months and just a handful of unpredictable world events, it is time for the 2022 CropWatcher season. It was a good winter with several good freeze-and-thaw events and more than plenty of moisture put in the fields. We even got an early teaser wee…

Last week in the Coles County countryside, I witnessed combines going back out into the fields to resume this year’s delayed harvest. As expected, it’s a muddy struggle to get these crops out but it gets better every rainless day that passes. We have seen some sunshine the last few days, alt…

This start-stop Coles County harvest has been once again put to a standstill by regularly repeating rain showers ever since last Sunday morning. Last week’s accumulation was approaching 4 inches as of Friday with another day of forecasted rain ahead of us. The fields are so muddy it’s terrif…

Soybean harvest finally hit full swing last week and it’s nice to bring this record crop in. Combines were able to hit the fields again Oct. 18 and will be going hard into the weekend, when once again storms will probably curtail harvest. Progress in the bean fields last week was huge with s…

The wet spell continues this week making harvest headway limited in Coles County. Fields got barely dry enough to permit harvesting through the weekend until showers Monday afternoon sent us back into retreat mode. Aside from a few hours Wednesday morning, we have been totally sidelined. The…

It’s been a slow progress week for harvest in Coles County as one rain or mist after another curtails soybean cutting. In between the liquid falling, we work away at cornfields and often burn gas to dry the kernels out. I'm getting really antsy to cut these beans, can you tell? With rain fal…

It is finally time to harvest soybeans in Coles County! It looks like good things come to those who wait on them to ripen. I have heard a range running from just below 70 bushels per acre to over 90. Beans grew well and set ample pods where they avoided flooding. Fungicide applications once …

Everybody was put back on the side lines for a few days after Tuesday rains of nearly 1.5 inches. Corn moistures are keeping combines on a slower-than-optimum pace now that the early planted fields have been gone through. Yield reports are coming in at a huge 160 to 250 bushel per acre range…

And we’re off! Harvest is near full swing in Coles County. Last week shortly before I forgot to do my weekly report we held our Coles County Farm Bureau Corn Yield Tour. The results were astonishing with a compiled average of 226 bushels per acre! Since the tour, harvest results have backed …