Rain, rain go away until the wheat is harvested and the
beans are planted. This past week’s activities in southwestern Illinois have
been concentrated on wheat harvest and double-crop soybean planting.
Light rains have been playing havoc with trying to get wheat
harvested. So far, wheat yields have been running above average in the area, and
test weights have been excellent up to this point. If rain showers continue,
test weights may start to fall. Corn in the area is starting to look fairly
well. It is growing at a rapid pace and has dark-green color to this point. The
biggest concern is growing degree units are accumulating at a slow pace.
Full-season soybeans, for the most part, are all but done — about 99 percent of
the acres have been planted. Stands are fair at this point. Corn and soybean
pest watches have not yielded anything so far, but we are on the lookout for
anything that might be coming our way.
Next week our county fair will start with 4-H exhibits and
livestock shows and auctions. It is vital for America’s youth to participate in
programs like 4-H to build the agriculture foundation for our future. We are
also excited to see many local residents compete in the county tractor pull —
whether green or red, it’s always exciting to watch the competition.