Lee County

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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.

They call it a lot of things - planning ahead, frugal, tight, a collector or maybe just a plain, old hoarder. But that cubbyhole we have been throwing old bushings in for the last umpteen years finally paid off. A late night repair to the planter would have had to wait till morning if not fo…

Some area farmers didn't let the snow slow them down and planted right through it. We waited to start, but are going full steam ahead now. The forecast is calling for some warm weather this week, so we want to get as much seed in the ground as possible to take advantage of it. How about thos…

A lot of activity last week, although none of it in the field. We have been busy in the shop and have got a few brush piles burnt from the trees we trimmed last winter. Soils are starting to dry up, but the process is real slow with temperatures down into the 30s overnight.

Wow! This week went by fast. Feels like I just got done emailing last week's report. Great conditions for getting in some fieldwork  until Wednesday’s rain put an end to it. We came up a little short on getting all our spring-applied nitrogen down, so it won't be long and we can start planti…

Here we go again!  Another season, another chance to reach for higher yields and higher prices. Not much action out in the fields here, but if the rains stay away, this week will be the complete opposite. Soils are getting close to being fit for a little tillage. I pray you had a meaningful …