Hello from central Illinois. We are going to continue the hot and dry here. The extended dry period we have been in is beginning to take its toll on the crops. Lots of corn is rolling, some beans leaves puckered and herbicides not working correctly. Our highs are forecast into the mid-90s this week with a chance of rain returning this weekend. On the bright side there shouldn't be any grain lines this fall or large drying bills. This morning (Monday) we are mowing oat hay with a cloud of…

Hello from central Illinois. We have had a busy and productive week with finally getting all the machinery tucked away into its rightful location. After trying to get machinery ready last winter in some precarious places I decided to put new chains and openers on the planter before putting it away. The crops that received rain have really jumped this past week with lots of beans closing the rows, and corn is waist high. We are ready for what we hope is a wetter week. I sprayed some more …

Hello from Central Illinois. We received some spotty showers over the weekend with some farms getting close to 2 inches of rain while others didn't get a drop. We are beginning to feel caught up and starting to get machinery cleaned up and put away. I still have quite a few acres of late May beans to spray, however there have been zero weeds emerged in them. Hopefully we can get the second round of vaccines in the calves and be thinking about weaning them in a few weeks. The 4-week stret…

Hello from central Illinois on a chilly June morning. Sixty one degrees and breezy has me wearing a hoodie as I go out to rake the last of the first cutting. We have seen an excellent stretch of hay making weather but spraying lately has been a challenge with the wind. Our corn and non GMO beans are sprayed but the Xtends will have to wait for a better opportunity, if it arrives. A rain would be welcome. It appears June will be the opposite of May with very little to no precipitation. Th…

Hello from central Illinois. I'm raking hay on a beautiful, breezy Monday morning. These nice days have been great hay drying weather. Hopefully we will get bales and moved today before the tropical storm comes in tomorrow. I am debating spraying some corn but I think I will wait until later this week. We have some Hello from central Illinois. I'm raking hay on a beautiful, breezy Monday morning. These nice days have been great hay drying weather. Hopefully we will get bales and moved to…

We are running a Monday morning marathon getting ready to plant the last field of beans. Showers have been spotty last week but lots of progress was made. All the April beans have been post sprayed and the first cutting of hay has been made for a couple hay fields. The plan is to haul manure and then plant silage corn before showers return Wednesday. The sidedress bar will be showing up late today hopefully so I can bounce back and forth doing that and replanting mud holes in the corn fi…

Hello from soggy central Illinois. We are wet with shiny spots in the fields still from the rain earlier this week and last weekend. Looks like another round of showers will fire up Saturday and we'll be planting in June again like last year. Thankfully only beans and touching up corn fields. The good news is that we are expecting it to warm a bit. We will be working on machinery and getting ready for first cutting of hay when the weather allows. Our pastures are getting chewed up with w…

We are off to a wet start this week with local totals between 3.5 to 4 inches between last Thursday and Sunday. Lots of progress was made last week, with most guys finishing corn before the rain started. We got our corn planted but decided to hold off on beans due to the forecast. I was able to get some more pre-emerge herbicide sprayed on the remaining bean acres. The April planted beans are finally showing up and look like they will have a nice stand. I will have to touch up some place…

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