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 …

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 …