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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 …

Finally, some dry weather. Each day you see more and more tractors in the fields as things dry out. Right now everyone is doing everything they can to get caught up. The ground is still really saturated, which is compounding the problem of getting back into the fields. Hopefully we will get …

Finally, a couple-day break in the weather. We were able to get out in the field, but on a very limited basis. Spraying, fertilizing and some limited tillage on some drier spots. I even heard of a few planters going. Unfortunately, as I write this, it’s raining again. Will the weather ever c…

Wet and cold. Nothing really else to report. Still waiting for the weather to change. More rain in the forecast, though. I guess we will see what the week brings.

With another round of rain coming through this week, it looks like we are going to be sitting idle again. Our area still has yet to plant. It sure would be nice to get something in the ground. One positive is that corn locality has finally gotten over the $8 mark. I never thought I would see…

Windy and wet. It seems like every time it gets close to working, Mother Nature gives us another shot of rain. With more rain predicted in the coming days, it seems as it will be a while before we really get going in the field again. On a good note, local markets are still good on the corn a…

We had over 2 inches of rain last week, and shortly before that we were making pretty good progress with anhydrous. We’re in the beginning stages of getting going, with some burn down happening. Some more rain is in the forecast, and with it too wet to do anything now, we’re looking at anoth…

Another CropWatcher year is in the books and 2021 did not disappoint. Good yields and good prices still seem to be the talk of the day. Unfortunately, the unknown of next year is also the talk of the day. Higher seed, chemical and fertilizer prices are slowly becoming a reality. Unknown poli…

From wet crops to muddy fields to rain every couple of days, last week was something of a wash out. Most guys around here are trying to finish up only to meet more and more challenges every day. Mud being the worst of the three. It just flat out stinks to try to harvest when the combines won…

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.