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 …

What a week. The weather has cooperated and so has the crop. Good progress has been made with all activities farming related. Wheat seems to be the go-to crop right now. With a current bid of $7.29 for J/J delivery, I guess it has everyone in the mood to plant some. Yields are still holding …

As we dance between the rain drops, I see more and more wheat go in every day, corn fields being picked and soybean fields being cut. Boy, would it be nice to get some drier days. I’ve cut enough soybeans at 14.5% this year than I ever have. The next week is looking nice right now. Temperatu…

Harvest seems to have come to a standstill. Weather has been great so far this harvest season. Now it has changed slightly to having small showers every couple of days. Makes it tough for us guys wanting to cut soybeans. Corn harvest is still progressing but slowly. Yields have been the bigg…

As the weather continues to hold. Harvest is progressing at a fever pace. Yield reports continue to come in with yields looking better and better all the time. Corn and soybeans alike seem to be showing strong yields as farmers continue to get deeper and deeper into there crops. Wheat planti…

Harvest seems to be in full swing now. Corn and soybeans alike are coming in. Yields still seems to be around average for most reports that I’ve heard. Just too much dry weather down here in deep southern Illinois for top yields this year. Still a lot of crop to cut though. Hopefully there w…

Harvest continues to pick up pace down here in southern Illinois. Combines are rolling and the crop seems to be coming in quicker every day. Haven’t seen any soybeans harvested yet but have heard of a few fields that have been cut. Yields seem to still be coming in around average from everyt…

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The first signs of harvest could be seen in Jackson County Tuesday. After a weekend rain, CropWatcher Eric Shields said hand-shelled moisture levels were 21% to 23%. "We're going to dive in and see what it actually is,” he said in an update on the RFD Radio Network.

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Corn harvest has finally begun, although very slowly. With moisture in the upper 20s to low 30s, it’s still going to be a few more days before it really gets kicked off. First yield reports have come back as only average yields. Soybeans, however, are turning yellow fast. Looks like we could…

Last report I said it was getting dry, but we had a promising chance for rain. Well, we missed most of the rain and it’s getting even drier now. Corn looks like it’s maturing rapidly at this point. Soybeans are starting to melt on the sandier ridges. Most fields look pretty decent, but a rai…

What a roller coaster year it seems we are having. Too wet, too dry, just right and now we are getting very dry again. It looks however that the crops are all holding up really well, all things considered. Walking fields this past week I’ve been seeing some of the early planted corn already …

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Since my last report, crops have sure turned around. We were on the verge of having a pretty tough situation this year. Now, things are looking pretty good. The corn has good color again and the soybeans are looking dark green and getting taller by the day. That’s not to say we couldn’t use …

Last week I asked for everyone to help us pray for rain. I think our prayers were answered. We received rain in the entire county. Most of it coming over several periods of slow rain showers. I don’t think a bit of it ran off. Boy, did we need it. On the crop side, corn and soybeans alike ar…

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What’s interesting is that I could probably repeat my last report. It’s very dry again, but as I’ve wrote this report some areas of Jackson County did receive a very small amount of rain yesterday. Many did not though. There are a lot of farmers that are in dire need of it. Over the last wee…

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Dry was the word of the week for Jackson County … until it wasn’t. As I’m writing this article, we are getting a nice, slow rain. Showers have varied a little across the county, but most everyone has seen some form of rain today (Thursday). Boy did we need it. Almost all fields across the co…

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Wheat harvest is in full swing this week. Seems like once everyone gets started it doesn’t take long for fields to be cut. Yields that I’ve heard have been all over the board. Some talk about 60s and 70s, other talk about 100s or more. I think a big portion has to do with how each field was …

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Jackson County this week has sure been a busy one. Everything from planting and post-spraying to the start of wheat harvest is going on right now. Weather has been good, and the crops are showing it. Corn and soybeans both are looking good and growing fast. I haven’t heard any initial yields…

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What a difference a week makes. Weather forecasters were calling for a little rain and cooler temperatures. We have gotten inches of rain in spots and extra cool on the temperature side. I figured that this past week I would have been able to finish up planting, but now with all the rain we …

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 …