Menard County

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Carrie Winkelmann farms with her husband, Kyle, raising corn and soybeans. Carrie also works as an agriculture literacy coordinator for Sangamon-Menard Extension.

It has been a week of on and off planting, with luckily more on than off. We had some bad weather roll through early in the week with hail and tornados that had us worried about the newly emerging beans as we huddled in the basement. It hailed hard here at the house and completely wrecked my…

It has been nice to have some warmer soil temperatures to plant in. The weather has been everything from windy to hot and threatening rain to cool. Mother Nature seems to be trying a little of everything! We planted and drilled a good amount of beans last week and started on some corn. Spot-…

This week saw us waiting out the cold and snowy/wet forecast. Late April snow was sure strange. We covered up the zinnias and sunflowers we had planted early in the garden to protect them and then we started planting beans Thursday. I am hoping for some sunny, dry weather to let us get going…

To plant or not - that is the question. About caught up on spraying. Just a little wet and cold to plant. Not much besides rhubarb is growing. After this Tuesday, it will be hammer down!

I am glad the grain markets have given me a reason to start off the crop watching year happy! Corn at $5.78! Woohoo! Greetings from Menard County where it froze (Thursday) night. We are ready to spray and have already been out spraying the rye cover crop, which is really starting to turn fro…