Jackson County

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Eric Shields is a second generation CropWatcher who raises corn soybeans and wheat in Jackson and surrounding counties. He is also a farmer-dealer for Asgrow and DeKalb seed, and a part-owner …

With the hot, dry forecast that we had to start the week, I was getting a little concerned about how the crops would fare. Somehow we were able to grab the tail end of the storms, with some reports of anywhere from .5 of an inch to 3.5 inches. We needed every bit of what we got. It seems we …

It’s amazing what can happen over the course of two weeks. Since my last report, Jackson County has gone from very dry to getting anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain, with some flooding, to getting very dry again. With this week’s temperatures forecast to be in the mid to high 90s and no rai…

Too much rain, not enough rain, too hot, too cold. If you don’t like the weather wait a few minutes and it changes. That’s good ole’ southern Illinois for ya. Last week, we saw some scattered rain across the area, but not everywhere. Some fields are starting to get very dry. The corn looks l…