Mercer County

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Ken Reinhardt farms near Seaton in Mercer County.

We had another half to .6 of an inch of rain Monday afternoon. I went up to plant in Rock Island County Thursday and didn’t see much activity along the way. The first planted corn is emerging nicely. I haven’t noticed any soybeans up yet.

 Around a half-inch of rain fell Wednesday. Good planting progress was made before then. I’m about done with beans and have a decent start on corn. Hard to say when the best time to plant corn is, but there always seems to be a day or two that you shouldn’t have planted, while beans are much…

The rain and snow event was thankfully a bust for us here with nothing measurable. A few planters are running despite the 2-inch bare soil temperature of 35 and a low of 26 degrees this morning (Thursday). At least the trend will be in the right direction. There are plenty of wet spots remai…

We had steady rain during the weekend, with amounts for the week from 4 to 6 inches. The rainfall record for April 10 was broken in the Quad Cities. Flood warnings were issued and several roads were closed. Cold weather isn’t doing much to dry things up, so we will be late out of the gate wh…

Field conditions were ideal before midweek rains amounting to about 1½ inches fell. A few soybeans were planted, and some corn as well, south of here. A cooler forecast is taking the edge off planting fever for now. Chad Bell has begun his YouTube channel, Bell Family Farms. He will do a goo…

It was 22 degrees this morning (Friday) and will be close to 80 for highs in a few days. Fieldwork is just getting started after frequent rains in March. This time last year it was TP that was scarce, now it is liable to be about anything you need is on back order.