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Brent Clair

Brent Clair farms about 750 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat near Loraine. He is also a private meteorologist, assisting the Adams County Emergency Management Agency with coordinated response before, during and after major weather events. He serves on the Adams County Farm Bureau Board, and is working to get his private pilot’s license.

9/22/2017

Combines are slowly coming to life in the area. Thanks to some late-season warmth, crops are getting down to tolerable moisture levels. But what is ripe in one field is still green in other parts. It's going to be a bit of a waiting game. To put it in perspective, in the block we live on (two miles in length) one farmer has two fields of corn picked, one farmer has soybeans ready to go, a couple of others are within a few more days of running on corn, and some is still every bit of 25 percent, and some beans haven't changed color yet. A bizarre hodgepodge of maturity. Stay safe, everyone!

9/15/2017

It isn't a blistering start, but a handful of combines are starting to roll in the area. Heard one producer shelled some corn planted early April with a maturity of 109 days testing about 20 percent. Others opened some fields testing above 30 percent and it has not dropped more than a few points since. So, needless to say, it's still going to be a little longer before everyone joins the party. Yields are hard to get a good sample. One farmer said, "Better than expected." My response was, "Is that 105 instead of 100?" Heard a salesman say that guys will be pleasantly surprised once they get inside. Everyone is playing it close to the chest, so far. Beans are rapidly turning, but there is significant inconsistency in maturity. Some are almost a week away from harvest, while others are still summer green. This could mean an extended harvest season, unfortunately. On the bright side, they are getting just a little bit more fill thanks to the cooler mornings and dewfall.

9/15/2017

It isn't a blistering start, but a handful of combines are starting to roll in the area. Heard one producer shelled some corn planted early April with a maturity of 109 days testing about 20 percent. Others opened some fields testing above 30 percent and it has not dropped more than a few points since. So, needless to say, it's still going to be a little longer before everyone joins the party. Yields are hard to get a good sample. One farmer said, "Better than expected." My response was, "Is that 105 instead of 100?" Heard a salesman say that guys will be pleasantly surprised once they get inside. Everyone is playing it close to the chest, so far. Beans are rapidly turning, but there is significant inconsistency in maturity. Some are almost a week away from harvest, while others are still summer green. This could mean an extended harvest season, unfortunately. On the bright side, they are getting just a little bit more fill thanks to the cooler mornings and dewfall.

9/8/2017

It's like the weeks before Christmas in the area. Farmers are anxious to get in the fields -- it's like they are kids eyeing the presents underneath the trees. Combines are ready, augers are set, we are just waiting for the moisture to drop. The cool days and nights are not helping matters much. We got down into the lower 40s midweek. Seems like the beans noticed as they have really started to turn the past few days. Have seen one or two outfits starting to shell in isolated spots. Did not hear about yields or moisture, so we will have to wait for next week's report. If you happen to be rolling, best of luck to you and be safe out there!