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

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…