Macon County

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Tom Ritter is a long-time Cropwatcher and farms near Blue Mound in Macon County.

Last week was very poor for efficiency in harvesting. Hardly any soybeans were harvested except for a few acres weekend before last. There are still 60% or more soybeans to be harvested. The periodic showers were more kind to corn harvest, but we are approaching 80% completion with many alre…

Rain last weekend and then periodic showers throughout the week slowed harvest of corn and brought a halt to soybean harvest. Our fields received from .5 to 1.8 inches. I would estimate 70% of the corn has been harvested but only 30% of the soybeans. Yields have been all over the board but f…

Rain Tuesday into Wednesday put a halt to fieldwork. Rainfall amounts varied but most reports were approaching 2 inches. At this point, corn harvest is approaching 50% complete and finally seeing corn moisture around and dropping just below 20%. Soybean harvest is well below 20% complete but…

Was a great work week weather-wise as well as great corn drying conditions. Almost everyone has started harvesting to some degree. Less than 20% of the corn has been harvested with most of the moisture running in the 20-25% range. Less than 5% of the soybeans have been combined but that shou…

Was a great week for drying down of corn with warm temperatures, low humidity and enough air moving to take a point a day out. There are some starting to shell corn but nearly as many that started and then stopped once they filled some high moisture contracts. There are far more fields above…

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Had a spectacular week with the Farm Progress Show here in Decatur. Weather was fine and the attendance was close to average considering what all is going on in the world. The most notable thing missing was the large number of foreign visitors that attend from over 50 different countries. CO…

We had a week of warm temperatures but were also able to capture a few showers. This was also the week you could start to see the maturing of corn and soybeans. Both were dulling down from its dark green color and the corn shucks are brown and starting to drop away from the stalk. Corn is st…

Aug. 12 we had a quick inch of rain but survived the wind, power outages and downed trees that areas just to the south received. Since then, we have had temperatures in the mid- and upper-80s but no rainfall. A few soybeans are starting to dull down but most still have a healthy, dark green …

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No precipitation during the past week but lack of moisture not a major issue at this time. The soybeans are showing some recovery in the low-lying areas and the corn has been holding its own and starting to dent. Fungicide spraying has practically come to a halt. Only seeing a few last beanf…

Was a good drying week with ideal temperatures for crop growth. Corn is looking very good but seeing a lot of stress in the low-lying areas of soybean fields. Fungicides are continuing to be applied on both corn and soybeans. With near record moisture in July, we will see more acres flown on…

We have had rain, rain and more rain. We have surpassed 6 inches in the last week and it is still raining. There is a lot of water standing but mostly hid by the tall corn. The water is easily seen in soybeans especially with the plants being under a lot of stress. The corn can take this sat…

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I am through complaining about dry weather, at least for a few weeks. This weather system that lasted almost a full week generated right at 10 inches of rain. Our ponds and ditches are full and our soils fully saturated. Our corn is handling the surplus moisture a lot better than the soybean…

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After complaining about lack of rain a week ago, I was fortunate enough to get a half-inch of rain over Father’s Day weekend. This week my concern is whether the rain will stop without getting too carried away. The talk of 6 to 8 inches in this system concerns me. Overall, our crops are look…

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After watching the grain markets all week it seems they have determined that it does not take rain to make grain! We are extremely dry with corn on lighter soils already curling its leaves to protect itself from moisture loss. We are a little less than three months from harvest, but we are t…

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Corn and soybeans continue to have good growth, and both are ahead of the last several years. Corn especially has rooted down reaching the nitrogen and displaying a healthy dark green color. Biggest concern now has been lack of moisture. Last week we had rain forecasted for all five days and…

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A lot of rain was forecasted last week, but it all fizzled. That was a blessing for those replanting but on the contrary, it seems like the start of a dry weather pattern. Early planted corn is growing and has good green color, but later planted corn has not reached down to the nitrogen yet.…

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Rain came Thursday leaving less than a half-inch but we were able to avoid the hail and strong winds that were to accompany that system. Corn continues to have good growth and improving color. Soybeans are also growing and emergence of later plantings is excellent. A lot of post-application …

Great week for all types of field activity with warmer conditions and calm winds. Less than 15% of the corn and soybeans need to be planted. Warmer temperatures have sped up emergence, but the corn especially needs more heat to turn from yellow to green. We are also looking at a great seven-…

The theme for the week was cold. Weather forecasters started predicting the Tuesday/Wednesday snow and freeze two weeks ago and hit it right to the day. Our rain/snow combo netted about .4 inch of precipation, but the cool temperatures made for slow drydown of the soil. There was some crop d…

After an inch of rain during the weekend, farmers slowly returned to the fields midweek. Probably more than 30% of the crop has been planted, with more beans planted than corn. The major concern has been the cool temps, especially overnight. The forecast for the next 10 days is not much bett…

Planters started to roll Easter weekend. Probably an even mix of corn and soybean planting. Air temperature was warm, soil was working great but low soil temperatures. All activity stopped Wednesday evening with .4 of an inch of rain and colder conditions. Forecast for weekend not good eithe…

Cold but dry in southern Macon County, but it gets wetter as you go into Christian County. Has been some spraying going on late in the week but seeing no tillage yet. Have heard no reports of any planting yet, but will probably see some soybeans go in the ground during Easter weekend. Most s…