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 …

Rain, rain, go away … With all the drought talk in the news, I hate to even say that. Last week was a washout for us, and this week isn’t looking much better. The extended forecast is saying the Jackson County area could have as much as another 3 to 5 inches on top of what we already have. T…

 From full steam ahead to full stop. Rain is the word of the day. With 2 inches or more covering most of the county, we won’t be back into the fields for awhile. On top of that, they have even more rain predicted for three days this week. Good news is that area farmers got a lot done before …

What a week! Planters rolling full steam ahead with major progress getting done on all fronts. Snow!! Crop prices. What haven’t we seen? It’s definitely been one for the record books. I can honestly say I’ve never planted corn and soybeans, get it snowed on that night and then plant again th…

I think every farmer in the county is doing something at this point. Planting, spraying or working dirt - it’s all getting done. Some parts of the county received 2.5 inches of rain last week, but even with that, the sun has been shining and the wind blowing. Weather looks good for this comi…

Hello again! It’s the start of another season of CropWatchers. Like always, it seems another year has passed us by, and oh, what a year it was. From COVID-19 to crop prices to our overall yields, last year was one for the record books. I, for one, would like to forget about it all. So, onto …