Sangamon County

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Jimmy Ayers raises corn and soybeans on his farm near New City, which is five miles south of Rochester.

Rain dropped .2 inches on Oct. 14, .25 inches on Oct. 15 and .06 inches on Oct. 20. Harvest resumed between rains. In parts of the county, it is hard to find a field of crop left standing. In other parts there are several acres to be harvested. Corn countywide is 70% to 85% complete and soyb…

Rain Monday: 1.2 inches, Wednesday: 0.6 inches and Thursday: 0.2 inches, totaling 2 inches at our place. Totals around the county ranged from 2 to 3.5 inches in different locations. Thursday to Sunday lots of acres of corn and soybeans were harvested. A few farmers were able to shell corn be…

A tremendous amount of crop has been harvested in Sangamon County - corn 50% to 70% and in some areas 95% harvested. Dry fertilizer and lime have been applied on many fields. Many fields have had some form of fall tillage and several fields have had a cover crop seeded. Soybean harvest is a …

Received .8 to 2.5 inches of rain in areas across the county. Our farm received 1 inch, which slowed harvest for a day or two. We started shelling corn much drier than we thought it would be at 17.3%. We would like to harvest 20% to 25%. The first fields have gotten ahead of us. Moisture has…

Rain for the week ranged from a few tenths around Illiopolis to 1.72 inches at the Springfield airport. Most places around 1 inch. Combines rolling in both corn and soybean fields could be found in the county. Sangamon County yield estimate came in at 223.4. The range is from a low of 167.8 …

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Corn shelling has begun in Sangamon County. One and a half inches of rain at our place for the week. Spotty areas of rain over 6 inches for the week - Chatham was the highest I am aware of in the county. Soybeans have completely lost the dark green gloss that has been in the fields for most …

1.4 inch accumulation last week. Four of the last seven days have had rain at our place. Across the county, 0.6 to 2.2 inches could be found. Spotty rains, no really even rains overall. We will not complain about the rain in August. Driving around central Illinois, you can see that the soybe…

1.1 inches of rain in half an hour Thursday evening. Ribbon cutting and twilight parade for Illinois State Fair opening canceled. Many trees down and power outages in the Springfield area. Majority of the crops are enjoying the rain. Roadside mowing could be seen last week. The Illinois Stat…

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Six tenths rain this past week. Slow week for field activities. Some hay and roadside mowing with a few sprayers still rolling and a few spray planes still in the sky. Great growing conditions at this time. Machinery dealers very active with many machines to be repaired. Parts and tires are …

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Six tenths last week at our place and up to 3 inches south of here and 1.5 for the week in north and west parts of the county. There’s still a few planes and ground rigs running the roads, but not much else in the way of field activity. I did have some farmers inform me the crop is not as go…

No rain this week around our place. Spray planes and sprayers in the crop fields this week. Lots of hay has been mowed, raked and baled. A few roadsides mowed this week. Rough week for markets. Going to be interesting to see where this roller coaster ends up. Pray for our country.

4.3 inches of rain this week. Between 2.5 and 5 inches across the county the first full week of July, another wet year continues. Rain makes grain - better be making plans for a good crop in our area. Storage plans for an average or above crop of corn and soybeans still seem slow and to the …

Dry week after lots of rain I missed reporting on last week. The rivers and streams managed to get out of their banks and flood the crop that was planted not too long ago. Corn is tasseling in 20% to 40% of the fields. Lots of planes and helicopters in the air. We were blessed with an air sh…

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Nine-tenths at our farm prior to Father’s Day weekend. The county had from .2 to over 4 inches with several acres of hail in the southwestern part of the county (Lowder and Waverly areas). Four-tenths of rain fell on Thursday. Our crops have improved with cooler temperatures and the rain we …

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Dry week. A few early beans and a few fields have enjoyed the extremely hot and dry week. Most of the crop has struggled. The majority has not grown as we normally see at this time of year. Great for hay production and some applying nitrogen (Y Drop and different tool bars, every row and ski…

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Four-tenths of an inch of rain on June 7. Pop-up showers all around the area. Finished planting beans for the first time this week and replanted corn. Early beans seem to have shot up with the heat and moisture we have. A few fields of corn have jumped in height this past week. Still lots of…

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No rain this week after repeated calls for it. Sprayers on corn and beans seemed to be the busiest this past week. Mowing roadsides and replanting crops took second. Later in the week, field cultivators started rolling, preparing fields for replanting corn and finishing bean planting for the…

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Four-tenths of rain at our place. County ranges from one-quarter to fourth-tenths of an inch on Thursday. Last weeks 3.7 inches or more was hard on fresh-planted crops. Rotary hoes came out and ran hard, lots of replanting corn and beans, mowing roadsides and spraying corn and beans. Overall…

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Received 3.7 inches for the week at our place. Local rain around the county had a very large range of 2.5 to over 7 inches for the week. Bottoms and creeks have all flooded. Ponding is severe in flat land fields. The very early planted crop is visually looking the best at this time. Rain sta…

Last week’s rain was .65 of an inch, not 6.5 inches. We got .6 of an inch last Saturday night for last week. Cool and wet was the story for the week. Temperatures have not been good for drying or warming the soil. Finally, mowers started coming out for roadside cleanup, and planters and spra…

 Two rain events last week kept fieldwork from making much headway – 6 1/2 inches for the week at our place. On the northern half of the county, three tornadoes came by near Pleasant Plains, Mechanicsburg and Dawson. Rain in the path of the storm was sometimes heavy. Early-planted corn and b…

We had .3 of an inch of snow Tuesday. Coldest daily high ever recorded on April 20. Sangamon County has lots of crops in the ground. Some have finished planting beans and planted no corn, while others have finished planting corn and no beans. A few have finished planting both crops. Some hav…

We had .9 of an inch of rain Saturday and Sunday that kept machines idle for the week. Fields planted look like more beans than corn have made it in the ground. Ground temperature as of Thursday has retreated to 45 degrees.

We received 1.1 inches Wednesday evening and a couple drizzles on Thursday. Warm weather and dry soil created a great start for the 2021 crop year. Many acres of corn and beans were planted in Sangamon County, and fertilizer and chemicals have been applied as well. The 4-inch soil temperatur…

Not a lot of crop activity around here yet. A very few working ground and a couple planters have been talked about. A few fertilizer trucks running the roads. Hope everyone is rested and ready to take on a great year ahead of us.