Livingston County

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Mark Kerber and his son raise corn and soybeans near Chatsworth in southeastern Livingston County. Mark is one of our longest serving Cropwatchers.

Very spotty rains kept most of us out of the field while others were able to plant. Early- to mid-April corn and beans are starting to emerge with good stands. We have noticed that corn comes up quicker than soybeans. A cool early May has really slowed emergence on April 26-27 plantings. The…

We had only 2 1/2 days to plant last week till a rain-out midweek. Monday was so windy that farmers were losing their hats, but my neighbor had a worse experience from a planter lid blowing off, hitting him in the face and breaking his hand. What is the risk-to-reward ratio from planting cor…

A cold front brought snow and cold temperatures. Soil temps are now below 50 degrees. But it’s Illinois, so the weather can change easily. I have neighbor who is almost done planting and many who haven't started. 

After an inch of rain, dry weather and cold temperatures have set in. Indecision on whether to plant have left many planters sitting in their sheds while others have started. A few weeks from now, we will know what was the correct decision. We have joined the ranks of owning two planters - o…

Summerlike weather last week prompted some fieldwork with nice field conditions. A few started planting soybeans and corn. More planters will start with the next dry spell. It would be nice to have a normal spring with no floods and weeks of below-normal temperatures. Markets are staying sto…

April is here, along with some warmer temperatures. Welcome back to reading CropWatchers. Farmers are really busy getting machinery out and gearing up for the planting season.  With the higher commodity prices, many have updated some of their machinery. A little more rain would be welcomed t…