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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Trip to Columbia

I took a trip to Columbia, IL today.  There is lots of newly planted corn along i-55, but not is out of the ground.  Fields look to be in good shape. Some customers have started to plant soybeans.  It will be a very busy 3  or 4 weeks.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Old Allis Chalmers Combine

I drove past this old Allis Chalmers combine for sale 8 times this week.  I understand that these combines are great for harvesting prairie grass seed and clover seed.  It needs a new canvas and some belts for sure, but does not look too bad.  it is located at Illinois 255 and Fosterburg Road.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The News from West Alton

We have been working Daily in the West Alton Area.  Land is located on the finger that has the Mississippi River on one side and the Missouri River on the other side.  The bottomland soils are highly variable.  Most of the corn to be planted will be done by the end of the week. There is still land untilled that will be planted to soybeans.  Some of the earliest corn planted April 2 was replanted yesterday.  Other corn is just emerging.  What we have samp;ed is looking good.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hog Farm with Cover Crops

Janette Swarts shared this picture of  hog farm using cover crops.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Behind on Corn Planting?

It depends on where you are.  We have clients north of Springfield who are done planting corn.  We have clients in Hillsboro area who have not started.  Last week West Alton area was about 40% done.  The good news is that rainfall totals were low in our area over the weekend.  I expect to see planters in the field today.  Most of the corn will be planted in West Alton area by the end of the week.  Soil moisture is mostly ideal except for a few low areas.  The weather forecast is dry for the week.  We are looking forward to that.

Soils are not warm, but we have found that cold soils do not mean you will replant.  Cold will slow emergence and growth, but that is not usually a problem.  Heavy rains after planting are not good.   Research has shown that it would be a good idea to leave the planter in the shed the day before a big rain.  This Prairie Farmer Article catches you up on corn planting issues.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Trip to West Alton

We made our first trip West Alton today. There is lot of corn planted there and the soil is in decent condition.  As always, there is a lot of farming around wet holes.  We had frost last night.

There was a lot of field actvity of every kind you can think of.

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