I think crazy weather is the norm anymore, at least in the 618 area code. Winter held on tight through most of April. We basically had a week of spring weather and then on to summer, with some hot, dry wind during the planting push. Overall yields to finish the year were above average, although June brought a wheat harvest that was average at best. In September, nearly 13 inches of rain fell in two events, causing major flooding on Sept. 8. Those acres were a 60 percent yield hit or more…

Done! My favorite word! By the skin of our teeth, and a big thanks to our neighbors for offering some help — we made the finish line a few hours before the snow hit. There are a few guys with a couple small fields around that have some beans left in them. We only got about 2 to 3 inches of snow, which was a rare event for us. I would like to get more fall tillage done, but this may soak the soil enough that it could be over for the rest of the winter. Very little fall spray work has been…

It’s another rain/snow delay. It’s been a few years since we have seen a snow fly this early in November. I think we have been into harvest about 65 days, 20 of which have been held up by weather. The corn crop is 99 percent complete around our area. The soybeans that are left, I hope for a good five-day window and myself, along with a lot of other growers, will be done with harvest 2018. Just in time for Thanksgiving. 

There are lots of beans left around in fields. It’s rained half the time the past two weeks. It’s tough to get done when we can only work two or three days a week. The wheat crop is looking great. More rain is on the way. We only need a good week and most everyone will finish. 

As the end of October approaches, it doesn’t look like we’ll make our finish by Halloween. That’s always a good goal, but there is a lot of crop in the field yet in southern Illinois. There are a few stray corn fields and a lot of double-crop soybeans. We have had a couple of misty shower-out days, and the forecast is calling for a warm spell with a lot of rain on the 31st. The two hardest parts of harvest are starting and finishing. And the finish is near. Stay safe out there on these l…

We’re over the hump! It always feels better when you’re over halfway done with harvest, or any big project. The amount of corn left in the field is substantially less around here. I can’t say that for the beans though. We haven’t cut beans for over a week with the occasional misty rain or heavy dew in mornings. It seemed impossible to get to 14 percent before sundown on a few days. Double-crop beans will be ready to cut by the last few days of October. A good 90 percent of the wheat acre…

Wheat planting is complete at the Adams Farm. It’s hard to say if wheat acres will be up or flat. Most die-hard growers planted a few more acres. Some on the fence didn’t plant any. We have had a few days of light rains and mist, with bean harvest stalled out. Yields are in a wide range. There are areas that missed some July rains, and it shows. Corn is coming out rapidly and nearing completion. Yields are still good in the corn fields, with moisture now at 13 to 15 percent. 

Harvest is rolling along nicely. The wheat crop is well over half planted the first week of October. The first acres planted are coming up fast with the heat we have had. Harvest is nearing the 40 percent mark for us. Corn is dry in the field. A lot of beans are coming out daily. A rain will be a welcome event in the days ahead for the wheat crop. Stay safe out there!

Leon Adams is a sixth-generation corn, soybean and wheat grower in Jefferson County, outside of Bonnie. As an associate sales rep for Pioneer seed, he works with local growers on seed selection and placement in the varying soil and weather conditions of southern Illinois. He and his wife, An…

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