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Randy Anderson grows corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm near Galatia. He also operates a small cow/calf herd.

As the season comes to a close, it’s now time to get a plan for ‘23. I’m looking at planting dates, hybrids and things to do differently next year. The election has come and gone, but don’t you feel like your vote doesn’t count when there’s a half-dozen counties that do all of Illinois’ voti…

Finished up harvest, now trying to catch up on the seven weeks of odds and ends that never got a rainout to catch up on. Wheat finally starting to fill in the spots in fields that were too dry to come up. Overall, crop was right at average and I’m pleased considering the most significant rai…

Well, the fields are running bare around here. Most producers are done. The nice .5 to 1 inch of rain across the farm last week was very welcome. It was the biggest rain since early September. Wheat stands are spotty but are filling in now that it rained.

With no rain to speak of this fall, harvest is nonstop. Some producers are finishing up. Some are trying to get going on fall tillage and lime. But the fertilizer bins are running bare! With river levels and the dry fall, a lot of P and K is going on. But with our main way of shipping in our…

Got .2 inches of rain. Dry is the understatement. Down to just double crops on beans. And corn is just 20%, but it’s dry and going straight to the bin. Finishing up them last few acres of wheat. Sow it in the dust, the bins will bust. Hope that holds true.

Last week was what I call a 3D week. Dusty, dry and more dust. Most of my beans are 10% in the morning and 8.5% or less on moisture. Corn is 16-17% to 13%. Started sowing wheat mid-week, and I hope the old story holds true — sow it in the dust the bins bust. The river levels are hitting the …

Dry, dry, dry! And dusty with beans running 9-10%. Yields are good but losing yield from being so dry. Corn is in the upper teens on moisture. Double crops have given up with no real rain for a month. Going to start sowing wheat this week, but it won’t come up till we get a shower. Stay safe…

Harvest is starting to pick up a little. Some corn, but not much as it’s still running on the wet side. Beans are picking up with them turning quickly. Yields on corn are OK, beans are just a little under average. I feel the rains we missed in mid- to late-August knocked the top end off the …

With rain early in the week, not much harvesting took place. Some did get back in the fields later in the week. It was a good week at the DuQuoin State Fair. Nice to see the Illinois Farm Bureau supporting the youth.

Very dry week and it’s pushing the crop toward harvest. Corn is turning quickly followed by some of the early beans. No real measurable rain in almost a month. There has been some harvest activity around -- some beans cut and some corn harvested.

Mild and dry here, could have used a rain last week. Been on vacation in Texas. Got to visit with a farmer south of Waco and rode in my first cotton harvester. Got to see some different farming compared to southern Illinois. His crop of cotton is half of normal with the drought they had this…

Last week was pleasant. Started off a little hot but ended on a mild note. Plenty of moisture and crops are looking good. Starting to get a few things ready for fall. First-planted corn is starting to dent and noticed a few pollination issues, but that’s expected. Southern rust has been spot…

A farmer doesn’t say this too often in August, but rain, rain go away for a few days. During the past 10 days, we had close to 8 inches on some farms. Beans are really struggling, and the last rains put water out in some fields and over some beans. The crop really needs some sunny days and a…

What a difference 10 days makes is an understatement. Went from almost drought conditions to floating and needing a paddle boat. Parts of the county got more than 5 inches. Low areas went under water but didn’t stay under too long. Fungicide has been sprayed on most of the corn, and beans ar…

Another week of dry conditions but mild temperatures. The low humidity is still not good for the crops. We received some rain July 8 but with it came 50 mph wind. Had some corn green snap depending on what stage it was in. Finished spraying double crops. Got a good stand but like everything,…