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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.

6/15/2018

Weather is the main topic again around the area. Storms have been rolling through, but coverage has been very isolated. Some will get that nice inch, and a few miles away will still be dry. The next day it might flip-flop. It's a crazy pattern to be in. Very concerned about the heat wave coming this weekend. Where the rain has fallen, crops are not bad. But we need a solid 2 inches to really get into the game. Stay safe, stay cool.

6/8/2018

We need rain!!! Seeing significant fields of rolled corn throughout the countryside. Varieties are playing a role in that, as some split plantings are showing obvious differences. Have heard that a lot of the soybeans are sprayed and are waiting for rain. Weeds are hit-and-miss. Lack of rain is not activating some residuals. Still, crops are growing, and the cool nights are saving the corn crop at this point. If it won't rain, might as well put up a lot of hay. Seeing more and more farmers baling in places never done before. Some long-term rainfall maps are showing some good amounts, but I'd be very skeptical of these forecasts.

6/1/2018

Some areas received nice rainfall Memorial Day weekend, but the coverage was not as widespread as we hoped. Hail damage to crops was evident in isolated places. Standing corn became a little shredded in places, but I think it will bounce back. Hay operations are still going at a hurried pace, but as we came to the close of the week, I believe most growers have the first cutting completed. Heat was on most minds, and that has put the hurt on some shallow-rooted crops. A countywide 2-inch rain is just what this crop could use right now. Some corn already rolling in lighter areas.

5/25/2018

Hay and silage processing has jumped, thanks to almost perfect weather. Grass has good growth and decent humidities are allowing drying and curing at an acceptable rate.
The dry weather is not entirely accepted with great applause. Soybean stands are not as preferable. A good inch rain would be a blessing at this point. Some beans are still trying to break through the crust. Last weekend gave us a few showers, but amounts varied greatly – from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch. God Bless America, land that I love.