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St. Clair County

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Paul Munie manages a family farm in Caseyville, about 15 miles from St. Louis.  They are corn, soybean, wheat and sod producers.

The area has been very busy with wheat harvest. Yields and quality have been very good. It has been very hot and dry, which is what we needed after a wet spring season. But now it seems to have flipped to hot and dry and is starting to put stress on the corn and bean crop. We could use a goo…

We’ve had good weather for getting fieldwork done and there’s been a lot of activity. The early-planted crops had many challenges, but are finally starting to look good, and later-planted crop is more uniform and off to a great start. Winter wheat will most likely get cut very soon.

Our area is very busy. Ground conditions are very favorable for getting more of the crop planted. I believe with this stretch of good weather, planting could be wrapping up by next week. There looks to be rain forecast for all next week, which is not needed for us. The maturing wheat crop wi…

We continue to have wet weather in our area. There will more than likely be some replant from the continued rain that we just can’t get a break from. Early planted crops are looking fair, but are in dire need of some sunshine and warmer weather. Winter wheat fields are looking great, all thi…

We continue to battle wet conditions in our area. Corn and beans are planted. Some fields look good, but we continue to be wet and would welcome some more dry weather. As I type this, there is severe weather pushing through our area and dumping as much as an inch on top of another unexpected…

We have had a decent stretch of favorable weather to get into the fields again in our region. It has started to dry up and tillage and planting is really starting to get in full swing. We have rain in the forecast, but we are hopeful to continue this welcomed stretch of warm, dry weather and…

I am happy to report that our region has been very active. We were very fortunate to miss some predicted rains and it has been drying out. A lot of fieldwork is getting done, ammonia is going very smooth and supplies are very good. There has even been some beans and corn planted in the last …

We continue to have cool, wet weather. There has been limited fieldwork starting on higher ground, but nothing widespread. It does look like this week will bring some drier and possibly warmer weather. We will continue to be hopeful to get to work in the fields soon.

We are just stuck in a pattern of wet and cool weather here in St. Clair County. Nothing productive in the fields is getting accomplished. We are staying positive that the weather will turn around soon. At least it is dry and warm in the shop, since we have been spending a lot of time in there.

We have had continued wet weather. Just about the time it looks like we will get close to getting back in the field, rain is in the forecast again. We are taking the opportunity to continue to get equipment ready. Lots of grain being hauled into the St. Louis area with strong prices continuing.

We had a quick couple days that some were able to get in the fields. Mostly burn down spraying and some more ammonia. We then had a very wet day and received 2-3 inches of widespread rain. Creeks and road ditches alike were running full, so we are very wet again. With rain again predicted mo…

I would first like to thank Dave Hankammer for his years of CropWatcher reporting and I hope to continue doing a great job from our corner of the state. We have not had much opportunity to get into the fields yet. There was a good window to get nitrogen on winter wheat and it is coming out o…

Another season of CropWatcher reports is coming to an end. Unfortunately, harvest isn’t finished, yet. Due to a recent rain event that left over 2 inches in some areas, fieldwork has been delayed for several days. Farmers are now hustling to harvest the remaining crops. Extended fair weather…

Over the last week, we experienced several changes of weather. From high winds and clouds to tornado warnings, Mother Nature kept us in suspense. The week started with a few light showers that left 0.3-0.4 inches of rain. Then, the high winds cleared the sky of clouds. We had a few good days…

Farmers have been making good progress with fall harvest during the past two weeks despite a couple periods of rainy weather. We had several days of light showers during the second week of October that accumulated a few tenths of an inch of rain. It also was a nuisance while trying to harves…