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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.

6/16/2017

We finally received some decent rains in the county. The unlucky ones (me included) got about a third of an inch. Others further south received upwards to 3 inches of rain. Did hear a few reports of some corn that got flattened. Hay progress has been frantic. Lots and lots of bales dot the landscape. That is a benefit of the drier weather. I believe most of the first cutting has been completed. Windy days have hampered spraying efforts. Crop stress really jumped last week with the hot and windy conditions. Corn is starting to show nitrogen deficiencies in places. Soybeans are really spotty. Heard several guys who have first, second, and third plantings in one field. Emergence is really struggling.

6/9/2017

From flood to drought…that is the feeling around the area. Although there are a lot of farmers grateful that the faucet is turned off, an uneasy feeling is starting to set in. Many more soybeans were replanted last week. A lot more than was expected. Some were putting beans in for the FIRST time. This is the inconsistency of the soybeans in western Illinois. Come fall, it will be interesting to see how this is harvested. Emergence of corn is all over the place. In one field, you see a really good section of green, healthy, tall corn, but down the same row, it gets pale and thin. Same tillage, same practices. I'm still hearing reports of a few more cornfields being replanted. Not just spotting in, but a total rip-up and replant. If there is a bright side to the dry weather, it would be the amount of hay being baled. Many sprayers were running as well. Some rescue applications are going for corn where the residual didn't hold long enough. Soybeans are getting the typical Roundup blast at this stage. Gonna get hot again for a while. Hopefully, we will get some rainfall later this week. Otherwise, enjoy the rally in the grain markets. The year has just begun; it's going to be a wild ride.

6/2/2017

In the neighborhood, some have been done for a month with no replant. Yet the other day, I saw six planters drive down the road. Obviously, soybeans are still going in. Another remarkable sight is the fact that April beans are thriving. After the flood, I wouldn't have thought they would come up. But those that made it through are really shining. Saw a few hay swathers at work and a few bales put up already. With the abundance of rain, those pastures really got out of hand. Wheat is really coming along.

5/26/2017

Wet and cold … another broken record. We had around an inch of rain nice and easy Monday (May 22) afternoon into Tuesday. Some other locations got closer to 2 inches. If there was a good side, it came slowly. Fortunately, as mentioned before, most of the corn is done and beans are not too far behind. There has been a little bit of replant going on, both corn and beans. Corn that is up really looks good. Beans are all over the place. As usual, it’s the age-old question on whether or not to add a few more beans into the mix. Spraying has slowed due to wet soils, and this is allowing some of the weeds to really get a jump on the crops. I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day. May we never forget the bravery and dedication that all have given so that we may live in the land of the free.