Macon County

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

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…