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

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…

The Easton family went out of town last week to the southeast where the terrain is mostly too steep for cropping to see some different sights. Once again, upon our return we were greeted by a crop that moved right along on development in our absence. With the completion of the late sprayer p…

Our good fortune in the fields continues for another week with more ideal pollenating temperatures and a couple more inches of rain hitting the ground. I have had a great look at some really healthy- and good-looking fields from the high perch of the Miller Sprayer while applying crop protec…

It was a great week in the fields in Coles County as wonderful rain showers fell on a quickly growing crop. We got a big inch in the ground and out of the way before the Fourth of July holiday festivities. Mid- to late-week storms came through giving us a good soaking - 2.5-plus inches so fa…

We are still hanging in there with a crop that’s holding onto its potential by a thread. Mostly unpredicted storm cells rolled through the area as we concluded watching one of the area’s larger fireworks shows in Arthur June 25. My family rushed home in our topless 4X4 just in time to not ge…

Last week brought cooler temperatures but not much precipitation. Here at my farm close to the center of Coles County, we did get just over half an inch unexpectedly June 17. Most said that just barely got the ground wet. It seemed the muggy heat pulled at least half of that back out that af…

We were told it was coming but I don’t believe anyone was truly prepared for the heat. I hate to admit, but it made for a very tough week in the fields, and corn and beans went into defense mode and concentrated much less on growth. The good news for both the crops and this softball/baseball…