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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.

10/26/2018

After dodging some rain showers and breakdowns, I am happy to report harvest is completed for the farm. There are some wheat beans left to cut, but I consider those to be the appendix to the yearly novel. Despite the lack of rain, yields were impressive for non-GMO crops. Other neighbors are also enjoying a completed harvest, and just a scant few are getting small patches here and there. Fall cover crops are getting seeded, but with the lack of warmth in the forecast, it’s hard to see how they will turn out.

10/19/2018

The sun has never looked so beautiful as it has after our deluge of rain last week. By midweek, soils had settled enough to let some combines roll again. It’s soft, but not sloppy in most places. There are spots that make you nervous, but thank God for four-wheel drive equipment. Corn is going good, but beans are drying out slowly. There’s a lot of optimism for completion by the end of the month for a few folks. As always, please stay safe out there. Everyone comes home alive.

10/12/2018

Wet doesn’t begin to describe conditions right now. I had 8 inches of rain in my gauge since last week. Lots of terraces were at full capacity, drowning out some standing crops. With the cold weather, it’s hard to say when machines will start rolling again, at least those who can’t afford to tear up their fields with deep ruts. Sounds like it might be a long fall harvest this year. Stay safe, all.

10/5/2018

Harvest progress had a steady rhythm last week. Preliminary estimates are corn yields in the 180 to 220 zone. For the beans, anywhere from 50 to 75. Obviously a very pleasant surprise for some of us. Some tragedy occurred last week. One combine caught fire, and one young man driving a tandem truck was involved in a deadly accident. He was not at fault and only received some minor cuts and bruises, but there will be mental trauma from this incident. While this was not directly related to agriculture, it is a constant reminder for all of us, drivers or farmers alike, to be ever so alert for one another. I find myself taking an extra five seconds sometimes just to make sure. Think about that this week; just a few more seconds. It might seem small, but in the end it could be a huge deal. Be safe everyone.