Coles County

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

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 …

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Another calendar page has turned and returning from the Farm Show sure does get you revved up to get into the fields. The early corn is really looking drier each day and I have heard reports of hand-shelled corn moisture tests in the very low 30s. We might see some early fields come out in t…

HOT and HUMID were the words this last week here in Coles County as well as probably any other place where this will be read. Not what we would ideally like to see during the grain filling time, but most fields didn't appear to stress too bad. The main drying out was in the early April plant…

Hope you are enjoying the hot days of this late August. All of a sudden we have reached the point where the work between the rows is finished, and now we watch the crops grow and prepare for their harvest. Corn and soybean fields are well into the grain making and filling modes with good wea…

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It didn't take long to get our traditional fair time rain. It came in the early Sunday (July 25) morning hours - a very fast 2 to 3 inches. It soaked down the carnival midway, which put some tractors to use pulling in rides. A few of the heavier rides ended up requiring a 560-horsepower trac…

The persistence of wet weather continued last week here in Coles County when a relatively fast 4.5-plus inches came over two days once again filling low spots and stressing areas of the fields. This week the sun shined, and the waters have mostly receded, and fields are starting to gray off.…

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Wheat harvesters finally had some time in the field this week and the crop was worth the wait. Reports of yields are coming in running from the 80s to over 90 bushel per acre. Hay balers were also able to get over some acres and make some stacks. The early corn is starting to pollinate in pe…

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It has been a very wet week here in Coles County as well as many other parts of the state. We accumulated a rain gauge filling 5 to 6 inches over the last week in the whole area. Flooding and ponding have dealt a blow to most low-lying areas making them a probable zero yield part of the fiel…

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The crops in Coles County are making up for lost time lately, quickly gaining height and closing up canopies. The earliest planted corn is at chest-high and will probably be head-high for the fourth. The May planted corn is at or above the knee-high point also. Soybeans are closing up the na…

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You never know what’s around the corner as far as the weather is concerned. Just as things were getting a bit drier than we liked, a slight chance of rain in the forecast turned out to be a fast hard driving 2-plus inches with enough gusts to mess up the farmyards and lay over the taller cor…

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Finally, we have things here in Coles County growing in the right direction (pun intended). It has been a hot, humid week with light rain showers here and there that have sent people indoors and plants headed upward and outward. Any work needing done between the rows has ample opportunity to…

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The first two days of June got me wondering if we are going to get a summer this year, but on the third day, the sun showed back up along with some much-needed heat. The forecast shows a solid string of 80-plus degree days ahead. I keep saying we need heat. To put some perspective on my obse…

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This week was much calmer, thankfully, with some opportunities to get spraying and sidedressing work done in between the rows as well as a good amount of roadsides getting shaped up in time for the holiday weekend. We are already at Memorial Day weekend, aka the unofficial start of summer. I…

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Well, it happens most springs including this year. Outfitted with muck boots and shovels, we headed to the field Monday morning to redirect whatever water we could off the small and waterlogged plants that were deluged with 4-plus inches of rain earlier Monday morning. Some southern parts of…

We are back in the fields, and this round looks like a three- to four-day run. It doesn’t sound like much, but it beats the average we have had lately. We are still in a warmth deficit here, too. Crops have not had the GDD incentive to develop past V1, maybe V2 stages. I think the emerged co…

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…