Wabash County

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

Our warm temperatures continued this past week. Warm temps and good moisture have wheat off to an excellent start. The weather also has most of the corn moisture close to dry coming out of the field. I would guess that harvest is probably 50-60% finished locally.

Harvest slowed down last week. There were three days that were too wet to harvest. There has been some wheat sowed. Abundant moisture and warm weather should be good for emergence. Yields on corn and beans have remained very good. My corn is almost dry as it comes from the field.

We had a really nice week weather-wise. Warm temperatures took moisture levels down on both corn and soybeans. I started harvesting. Yields have been good, but highly variable with some of my poorer soils having the highest yields.

Rain kept us out of the field for several days. There are many acres of beans that are close to being ready. Hopefully by my next report there will be enough beans harvested that I will have a good handle on yields. Double-crop soybeans are beginning to show a few yellow leaves.

We had a very nice week weather-wise. Temps were above normal, which has helped corn to dry. We had around 1 inch of rain that only kept us out of the field for one day. The rain has really helped our double-crop soybeans. I started shelling corn. Yields have been very good with moisture of …

The weather has been very pleasant this past week. Sunshine, lower humidity and light winds have made for good crop drying. Several farmers are getting started in corn. Yields are good and moistures are dropping quickly with the nice weather. No beans have been cut, but they are drying down …

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We had around 0.4 inches of rain this past week which should help the beans. The weather this week has been far better for working outdoors with cooler temps and lower humidity. In our area there has been some corn shelled but not a lot. Yields are good but moisture is still very high.

This past week has been very hot with high humidity. There was little air movement making it extremely uncomfortable. We did have a small front move through that dropped around 4 tenths of rain. I’m certain it helped the soybeans and double crops. The corn is drying down quickly. It looks li…

There were a couple of small showers last week, but not much accumulation. The Wabash County yield estimates have started coming in. The estimates I have heard have been between 160 and 200 bushels per acre. The early soybeans are beginning to show a few yellow leaves.

Three inches of rain fell this past week. Flooding and ponding occurred in some areas, but most of the moisture soaked in. It is Thursday as I write this report and there is lightning in the west as another storm approaches. So, our weekly rain totals may change. Corn and beans look really g…

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Around an inch of rain fell this past week. Much cooler temps and less humidity made it a pleasant week. The corn crop looks exceptionally good. The yield checks should begin soon. Double-crop beans are growing nicely. They are now looking like a beanfield instead of wheat stubble.

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We had our hottest weather of the summer last week. Luckily, we had good moisture to withstand the heat. I still hear spray planes, so there is still some fungicide going on the corn. Beans are looking good. Double-crop soybeans are growing quickly with the good conditions.

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.