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Monday, November 30, 2009

weather and crops

Still lots of Corn to harvest. Reports from Dekalb indicate less than half harvested. Beautiful afternoon here. Sampled one field that was extremely rutted. We lucked out and missed most of the rain forecast. We saw lots of farmers in the field as we went to Murphysboro for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How wet is it?

Check out these two pictures. Is it this wet everywhere? No. but if it is this wet anywhere, it is really wet. Some have been harvesting since Friday, but they may be creating serious compaction problems.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Went and did a lottle geocaching. Lots of people in the field on Sunday. It is still too wet, but I guess ya gotta go. Sampling on Friday was very wet. Lots of driving through water and sampling in water. Rained from Nov 14 - 18. Still a few beans to harvest. Very little wheat planted.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blue Skies

Sorry about the long time between posts. THe weather got to the poiint where it was too depressing to post anything about it. Changing the number in reference to a quote by RFD Illinois commentator Allen Jurand. " We are now 12 days into a drought." The down side is that soils are still very wet. Yesterday the bags filled in southeastern Greene county had soaked through by the time I got to the office. Really we must be thankful that we have had a nice window of opportunity for field work. Yesterday was damp, but no real rain. A few were Harvesting, others were moving grain or maybe just getting a breather from the long run of field work.

I am seeing some tillage being done. IT is really too wet for that. I say do what you need to in order to get the crop out. If you cut a rut, don't worry too much about it, but tilling wet ground will make that compaction even worse. If ou really think you need to do tillage, wait till the ground freezes so there will be some support for the tractor.

My breather is today. We are currently caught up to the combines. Last Saturday I cought this sunset as I finished the day. I don't usually do sunsets, but his was a beautiful one.