Peoria County

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Mary farms with her husband, Jacob, in Marshall and Peoria counties. They have two children, Kayla and Kyle.

A nice week of sunshine and heat helped dry out the fields. We were able to start spraying fungicide on beans. The corn continues to look good although we won't know until fall how badly, if at all, the downpours hurt the critical pollinating time. Some bean fields look fine while others loo…

Rain, rain and more rain. Woke up Thursday morning to over 4 inches of rain. This was after 4 inches earlier in the week. The creek banks are out, parts of fields are flooded and roads are blocked. Apparently, Mother Nature is trying to make up for those weeks of drought earlier in the growi…

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Corn is tasseling. Beans are in R3. Everything is looking phenomenal. Spray planes are busy on the corn and our sprayer will be running through some beans soon. We wouldn't say no to a nice rain but overall, we are grateful for what's looking like a great crop year. 

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We received close to 6 inches of rain over the past week. It was much needed and appreciated. The crops have grown tremendously! There were areas north of us that received even more and had water standing in the fields. The corn will handle it, but the beans will struggle. The field corn is …

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The southern part of Peoria County received several inches of rain and strong storms last week. In the north, we only received a few tenths. They are calling for more rain and storms, so we will see what happens. The crops appreciated the drink and are really taking off. The corn is getting …

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No rain again this past week. Crops look good but are starting to curl in the afternoon heat. We could use that "million-dollar rain" right about now.   

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We need rain! The corn and soybeans continue to look good. However, we are getting really dry. A nice shower would really push them into overdrive. The sunny weather has meant spraying and sidedressing are going well and farmers are getting a lot done. Hopefully, we will hear the rumble of t…

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The crops are looking great. A chilly Memorial Day turned into a warm week and sunny skies. Spraying and spotting-in some wet spots have been on the agenda. Farmers in the area have been sidedressing nitrogen as well. Within two weeks the corn should have the rows shaded.

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We finally finished our last field ... for the first time anyway! With some warmer weather, the crops are really taking off. Green fields as far as the eye can see. Spraying is in full swing around the area. Per usual, we saw some rain showers last week but it was spotty.

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Rain continued last week. We received 2 inches over a few days. I've decided I'm no longer going to report on the predicted forecast because every time I do, the weather does the opposite! The planted fields look great. If only we could just finish those last few fields.

Rain and frost. Those are the two themes from last week. We had more than 2.5 inches of rain a week ago, followed up with three nights of frost warnings. Needless to say, we were prevented from finishing the last of our beans. Were the young corn and beans damaged by the frost? Time will tel…

A few farmers in the area have finished planting for the season. After a warm, windy weekend, we received another half-inch of rain. Cloudy skies and cooler temperatures kept us out of the fields for a while. The forecast is dry with warming temperatures. Another good week should give us the…

A couple inches of rain midweek rained us out after a good run. We had less rain in our northern fields, and hopefully, will be back at it soon. Word on the street is there may be a field in the area planted around Easter that you can actually row their corn. If that doesn’t get all the neig…

We're rolling! Plant 2021 has officially started for most farm families in the Peoria area. For me, the start of spring planting is such an exciting time. Another crop season has begun, and with it comes hope for the future. As the kids and I were riding with Jake in the planter tractor, I t…

Mother Nature didn't cooperate as we received around 1.5 inches of rain. The temperature stayed in the low 50s which wasn't enough to dry the fields for planting. Some producers might be able to get in this week if the rain holds off.

A few planters were rolling last week throughout the area. With 75-degree weather and dry fields, local farmers were able to get fieldwork done and equipment in order. If the weather holds, I can see this week being a big planting week in the Peoria area.  

Hello! My name is Mary Streitmatter and my husband, Jake, and I, along with our daughter, Kayla, and son, Kyle, live on a farm about 20 minutes north of Peoria. We grow corn and soybeans and are looking forward to another growing season. Spring-applied anhydrous is starting to go on, and wit…