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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wayne County Visit

We visited Wayne County today to do aseptic tank evaluation.  Lots of soybeans still have leaves, and soybean fields seemed to outnumber corn 2:1.  I suppose some of them are double crop.   2007 Census of Agriculture says they are in the top 20 counties in soybean production.

Soil was fairly moist considering were were in a soybean field.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Avoid Compaction

We went into harvest with wetter than normal soils.  Driving on wet soils should be avoid if possible. This No-Till Farmer article on Minimizing Soil Compaction During Harvest is timely.  It is short but thorough.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is  a legal process by which land may be taken for the greater public good.  Although farm groups generally oppose eminent domain, it is a power that our governments have in order to build such projects as roads schools and airports.  In Illinois at least. farmers sometime have the ability to use  neighbor's land to complete a drainage project.  Of course, all this taking of land also requires due process in courts before the entity shows up to claim the land.  Eminent domain is also sometimes used to help private companies such as railroads and pipelines.  In August, Prairie Farmer explained, What is Eminent Domain.  Be sure to read page two, also.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Combines Running

There were lots of combines in the field in Monroe County yesterday.  Everyone was harvesting corn.  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Soybean Harvest

I went to Pike County to do a septic evaluation.  On my way home I had to stop in Springfield.  The photo below is south of Springfield with the city clearly in the background.  Several fields of soybeans were harvested or being harvested yesterday.
Soybean Harvest.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Veterinary Feed Directive

The Veterinary Feed Directive becomes law on January 1. It means that livestock producers will need a prescription for medications in food and water.  This means that if you  use medications, but don't have veterinarian you need to get one by the end of the year..  A veterinarian in Prairie Farmer says the law is Good For Everyone.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I-55 Road Trip

I had business in Bloomington today.  Corn Harvest was off to a good start between Raymond and Springfield.  North of Springfield, we did not see many fields harvested.  On the way home, harvest seemed to be starting North of Springfield as well.  The combine below is slightly south of Pawnee.