Saline County

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

Had a pretty good week. We were able to get back to cutting beans Monday but most days we weren’t able to start until noon from the large dews. Corn and bean harvest are 60% or little more complete. We should finish up wheat planting, too. The coming week looks to be wet, so we’ve been pushi…

Last week has been an off-and-on harvest week with cloudy and wet conditions. No bean cutting at my farm and corn harvest was hit and miss. Got a little wheat in. We’ll see if we can get started again. Our beans are all ready to cut, just getting a few dry days would help.

We went from virtually no rain for three to four weeks to almost mud and muddy in some spots. Trying to get wheat in is going to be a challenge. Harvest is slow between showers and problems at the terminals are making for a tough harvest. Some are mechanical, but the biggest problem is the l…

Been a very good few weeks of harvest. Crop coming in nicely and weather has been good. Looking to start wheat this week and keep pushing on in the beans and let corn dry some more. I’d like to dedicate this report to the Bramlet family. Henry Bramlet passed away earlier in the week was a pa…

We had a few days off to catch up on some repairs with the rain that moved through. Ended up with a .5 to .6 tenths. Just a nice shower to help with wheat planting. Corn harvest is plugging along nicely, and more beans are get close to cutting.

Cut a few early beans and was pleased with the yields. For what they went through, we will try earlier next year. Most are starting to get into harvest full tilt. Hope to get rolling on corn. Just be mindful to take some breaks and remind yourself: The world wasn’t made in one day. Be carefu…

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With a pleasant week and a few pop-up showers, we took a day off and drove up to the Farm Progress Show. Crops on the drive were OK, but have seen better. The main problem was too much water earlier in the growing season. A few more combines are hitting the field. Pace will pick up after Labor Day.

The furnace is broken, and it’s turned into a blast furnace. Most of the work this week is finding a fan or an AC job inside or in a tractor. Thankfully we got 1.8 to 1.1 inches last weekend to maintain the crop. The army(worms) invaded last weekend, too. They stormed the yard and a day late…

With still some moisture in the ground and very mild temps last week, crops look good. Over on the east side of the county, corn is really turning with a lot of it early April corn. Quite a few acres of beans changing too. Getting things ready for fall and finishing up mowing around.

What a week of sweltering heat. Most jobs we work until noon and have to quit for the day. But crops are hanging in decent. The early April beans are starting to turn, and guys’ early April corn is starting to get some brown shucks. Hopefully this week we can finish the later beans with a fu…

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What a pleasant week - great temperatures and a nice shower last weekend. Early corn is starting to move closer to finishing. The early April beans are showing some signs of SDS, but not too bad. Finished fungicide on my mid-June corn. It’s in full tassel and looking quite well. Most crops l…

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Well, it was a two H week - Hot and Humid - but great for crops to grow. Finally finished posting all the late beans and applying fungicide on the mid-planting of beans. Just a few more acres of late corn to fungicide and that will wrap things up. Starting to think about fall and check thing…

Last week started off wet. Ended up getting 2.5 to 3-plus inches over the past weekend. Put a few acres under water but overall, it was more of a benefit than a hindrance. Planes were busy spraying corn that hadn’t had fungicide yet. Increased the acres to be covered with the reports of sout…

With a much-needed rain over last weekend, crops really turned around plus the weeds took off, too. Spraying double crops and late planting of beans. The one dreaded thing that showed up two to three weeks earlier this year is southern rust. So, scouting and spraying fungicide is top priorit…

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Well, a very hot and dry week. In need of a real good, ground soaking rain. Some late plantings of beans have never come up and corn is looking like pineapple patches. A lot of fungicide is being put on; the air is a buzzing with the crop dusters.

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As things are winding down, we finally got a rain on the farm. Anywhere from a half-inch to a little over 1 inch. And the crop was really needing it. Wheat harvest all wrapped up and double crop are coming up good. April corn is starting to tassel, and some early April beans are close to fun…

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Well, we have finally got a week with no rain. Some crops have perked up but still showing signs of water stress. Finished corn this week and should rap up replant corn, too. Need to finish some regular crop beans and get started on double crop. Started wheat mid-week; moisture mid- to upper…

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Well, you know it’s wet when you're on top of the hills and water is standing. From the last report we averaged one-quarter to one-half an inch every day this week. Some areas more than that. Doesn’t sound like much but when you’re drowning, it is. Hopefully by the end of the week I can fini…

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Well, I said it before, and I’ll say it again - it’s like Groundhog Day the movie here. We plant a few days, then rain, plant a few days, then it floods. The door for corn is closing but we’ll try to push it. This week’s forecast is rain five of the seven days on the extended forecast. Beans…

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I had a productive week up until Tuesday, then rain hit again. Tuesday evening rain was from 1 inch on one side of the farm to just a tenth of an inch. We were able to plant a few fields Wednesday then the rest was too wet. Thursday evening rain was pretty well an inch over the whole farm. W…

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We did get a little planted on a few dry fields Monday. But then rain again and around a inch for the week. Hopefully, by the weekend we can be back in again. Early April corn finally got some green color to it but soybeans still look like they’re in a holding pattern. Some early plantings l…

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Was finally able to get back in the field at the end of the week. My planter been sitting for a month. Guys that planted early are sidedressing with both gas and liquid. Wheat has all been sprayed with fungicide and looks good. Some of the hay almost ready to cut. Doesn't look as heavy as pa…

WET! That’s the word! No field activity to speak of other than fungicide spraying on wheat, and that was done mostly with aerial rigs. Early-planted corn is looking really good and beans are starting to catch up. Cool weather is forecaste for this week, and maybe dry. 

Little bit slower pace this week in parts of the county. West side got an inch-plus and east side just .2 to .3 of an inch. Still planting going on, but temps are running 10 degrees below normal. Soil temps running in low 50s.

Planting progress really picked up last week. I would say in some areas 30% to 40% is done. A lot of it was beans. A lot of NH3 went on, too. A cooler, wetter week is in the forecast so we will see how the planted crops emerge. I planted a couple hundred acres of beans and finished spraying …

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FarmWeek CropWatcher Randy Anderson of Saline County said soil temperatures are a little bit on the cool side, but this week's forecast calls for increased temperatures. "The starting line gun has been shot and we're going to take advantage of it," he said in this April 5 interview with Rita…

Hello everyone, as we get ready to begin the 2021 season. It’s as interesting as the end of harvest of 2020. Unbelievable crop in ’20 and now great prices for ’21. Finished putting the last of my nitrogen on my wheat, then we started spraying chemicals on corn and bean ground. Winter annuals…