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

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,…

Another week in the roaster oven or sun - just take your pick. Crops are really taking it on the chin. We got a few scattered showers but no real good soakers. Had some corn blown over but it will be okay. Double-crops are growing but I don’t know how. Started fungicide application on some o…

Had a very mild week of weather. The inch of rain June 26 was a blessing. We stopped spraying beans, and now are back to spraying as the weeds and beans finally started to grow again.

With wheat harvest wrapped up, we’re now trying to catch up on post-bean spraying. Wheat was better than expected, but conditions are extremely dry to plant double crop. Corn and beans are hurting for cooler days and rain.

Wheat is the main activity on the farm. Started Tuesday and had a few breakdowns, but what else would you expect? Yields are good and quality, too, so that is like a home run. But on the other side of the farm, a nice inch of rain would be welcome. With the temps we had last week, it’s like …

It’s been a very pleasant week of temps, but still some scattered showers last week. Sidedressing and post-spraying were the main activities. Now checking the combine and hopefully heading to the wheat fields Monday or Tuesday. On a political note, our country is like a boat with no paddle o…

Finished corn early last week and replanted a few acres midweek. Then, clouds busted open. The replant is probably a loss, but you have to try. Only a day of bean planting left. We received anywhere from .5 to 1.8 inches of rain Wednesday night. Wheat is really turning and going to start pos…