Wabash County

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Kevin Raber farms near Browns in Wabash County. He is an original Cropwatcher.

Rainfall totals of 5 inches or more fell last week. Lots of localized flooding made some roads impassable. You can tell the low acres of soybean fields are getting a pale color. The moisture we’ve received should make the corn crop.

We have had a nice, pleasant week here in southeastern Illinois. The rains have made a marked improvement in the corn crop. Double crop soybeans are growing rapidly. It won’t be long and they will outgrow the stubble.

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We have been receiving small showers over the past few days, Tuesday through Thursday. Fungicide application has started on corn and soybeans. Double crop soybeans are off to a good start.

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I had a rainfall total of around .8 inches this past week. Rain amounts have been highly variable across the county. Crops here look good again. We are thankful for the needed moisture. Double crop beans should get off to a good start now. Fungicide application on early corn should start soon.

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Kevin Raber said the severe storms and excessive rains missed his farm. In fact, he could use "a nice soaking of an inch or so." He discusses current crop conditions, including harvesting the best wheat crop he's had in his life.

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A run of sunny, breezy, low humidity days has allowed most of the wheat to be cut and double-crop beans to be planted. Wheat yields and quality have been excellent -- one of the best wheat crops I have ever raised. Corn is beginning to look better. My acres that were topdressed seem to have …

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Field activity picked up this week. Spraying beans and topdressing corn have been the major jobs. A few people have tried wheat. I don’t think it’s been dry yet. Hopefully good drying weather will continue, and it will be dry soon.

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We haven’t had much field activity this past week. Although our weather has been wet and cooler than normal, it is beginning to warm up. Fields and yards that don’t have standing water are growing rapidly. There are some waterlogged areas. Wheat is slowly turning. The wet weather and lack of…

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We have had rainfall amounts of over 3 inches this past week with most of it falling on Wednesday morning. I wish we could have spread it out over the month of June but will thank God for his blessing us. Our wheat still looks green, so harvest looks to be late this year.

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We had a few small showers this past week. Thunderstorms are rolling through as I write this report Thursday evening. Hopefully we get a good rain, but no high winds. While spraying corn, I have seen a few fields don’t have as good of a stand as I thought. Bean stands seem to be excellent. T…

Field conditions improved last week. Planting should be pretty well wrapped up if the dry weather holds for a few more days. Temperatures are running about 10 degrees below normal with strong winds out of the north making it feel like March instead of May. Wheat has had fungicide application…

Rain has kept us out of the field. With more rain in the forecast, I don’t know when we will get back in the fields. Planting hasn’t progressed much during the last two weeks. It wouldn’t take long to finish up when the weather improves.

Our weather conditions have gotten back close to normal. The previous brought snow, this week rain. Precipitation amounts measuring more than 1 inch will keep us out of the field for a little while, but we needed the rain. I would guess planting to be 70% to 80% done. A few more nice days sh…

Weather conditions certainly changed last week. We had two nights at freezing temperatures with snow covering the ground for a few hours. It felt more like February than April. Several light rains have kept me out of the field for a day or two. Hopefully

Planting is progressing rapidly. There have been a few scattered showers, but we are still on the dry side. We don’t have much of a chance of rain for the next 10 days, so our early spring should continue. Wheat continues to look good. The next step for it will be fungicide application.

Planting season kicked into high gear last week. The ground dried out quickly. Planters have started rolling. Both corn and soybeans have been put in the ground. The only slowdown has been on extremely windy days that have hindered spraying.

Welcome to another season of CropWatchers. Locally, there has been some fieldwork, but it’s been slow drying. Activities have picked up the last few days, and with good weather predicted for the this week, things should shift into high gear. Wheat has looked good. It got off to a good start …

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Kevin Raber farms near Browns in Wabash County. He is an original Cropwatcher.