Macon County

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

Finally got a narrow window and got three, good days of fieldwork early last week. A lot of farmers finished or nearly finished corn planting, with more than 80% completion. Soybeans were being planted, but the threat of 2 to 4 inches of rain forecast with cool conditions slowed enthusiasm. …

Another week has passed with no field activity. After a fast start in the first half of April, we have sat for three weeks. The 10-day forecast does not look favorable either, but the biggest concern is the possible frost going into the weekend. Presently, more than half the corn is planted …

Not a productive week with around 7 inches of rain spread out every few days. This brought back too many memories of last year with the only consolation being we are way ahead, with more than half the corn planted and also a third of the soybeans. Emergence of both crops has been very slow w…

Some planters are rolling, some have stopped and some have never moved. There are definitely more acres of beans planted than corn but well under 20% of the total area. I have planted in 70-degree weather and in freezing conditions but did refrain from planting in Thursday’s snow. Was glad t…