Lee County

Larry Hummel of Dixon has been farming with his brother since 1975 in the corner of Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. They raise corn, soybeans, and a little wheat.

This week included the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Good — we finished harvesting our soybeans this week as the snow began to fly. Bad — the chaffer and sieves had to be thawed out and cleaned. Ugly – 4 inches of snow on the ground and stalks. A few guys ventured out Wednesday and were fairly…

I broke one of my own rules this week. I am constantly telling the guys that if something breaks down start with the simple possibilities first, then move towards the more complex issues after you rule out an easy fix. The dryer has been acting up for the past week with the flame going out a…

Harvest will have to wait as Mother Nature has decided to open the floodgates. I believe we only had one day last week without any precipitation. Some seed and sweet corn came out, but fields were a mess from the mix of pickers, dump carts and semis. I sure hope the soybeans surprise me, but…