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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.


We saw some beneficial rains last week, anywhere from 1.5 inches to close to 2 inches. Despite that rain, combines were roaring again Monday and all farmers enjoyed a pleasant week of cooler weather to work. Corn is continuing to overperform considering the lack of rainfall. Soybeans are super dry, which has some worried about shatter, but those with drapers are grinning. While we want to get done and call it a year, let's not kill ourselves rushing for that last acre. Accidents start to occur when we push ourselves too far too fast too hard. Everyone be safe out there.


Rain finally set in, two months behind schedule, unfortunately. However, with yields that are being mentioned, you wouldn't have believed we didn't have a decent rain for that long. Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain fell very slowly and soaked in nicely. The tops of the soils are greasy but I'd be surprised if some guys won't be running once the sun comes back out. As mentioned before, yields are shocking. I am reminded how some of the corn was underwater for a couple days, yet you couldn't tell going through with the combine.


It's a pleasing sight to see combines rolling and fields disappearing. The biggest observation is the dryness. We have not seen much rain, and dust that the combines are producing is remarkable. It brings to the forefront the importance of safety and cleanliness. I have heard of a couple combine fires already. Unless we get a soaking rain (more than an inch), the fire level will continue. Yields remain variable. Corn is from 120 to 240. Beans are 30 to 90. I would say what everyone else is saying, "Better than expected." A continued plea and prayer for safety and success.


Time is flying by. October already. I would say that most, if not all, farmers are in the fields now. Yields and moisture are all over the charts, so can't give a good indication of success. On my farm, yields are what were expected with the drought … low. Mind you, there are spots with good corn, but the edges and lighter soils kill the average. Stay safe everyone.