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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.

9/14/2018

We got our fair share of rainfall last week with the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon. The average amount was about 6 inches, but there were pockets of more scattered around the area. The sun came back out and dried the ground, so combines started to roll again. Moisture levels are still high with most reports coming in the low 20s. Some samples were showing some mold and even a little sprouting already occurring. With a warm week expected, this could really be a deterrent to the corn crop.

9/7/2018

We are just starting to dry out from the onslaught of Tropical Storm Gordon. We are just hoping and praying we miss any damage to corn. Regardless, it is muddy again. Dry dams were filling up, which in turn started to drown out some standing crops. Funny how we were on the verge of a drought, and now it might be a muddy fall. Gotta love it. But as a friend always tells me, it'll buff out. We will get through this.

8/31/2018

You may have heard the term "meteorological fall" used before. Basically, in the weather world, we speed up the seasons a little bit by not waiting until the latter end of the month for the change. However, I don't believe fall is known for hot and humid conditions. Yet, here we are. High humidity levels are not helping dry the crop. Cornstalks are changing daily, and one must wonder how much stalk strength is left. Starting to see some corn that would have been resilient in days past falling with some of the storms. We've got a long way before this corn crop is in the bin. Soybeans are starting to show their changing colors after each rain. Not sure if it's maturity, or signs of insect and disease damage starting to show up. A few weeks ago, some of these fields looked really good, but with each passing rain, you take a second look and notice pockets of weaker stands. I wouldn't call it lodging, just holes that weren’t visible before. We will have to wait a few more weeks or a month to see what we get.

8/24/2018

Hard to believe that by next week it will be September. Crazy how this summer has flown by. Corn is turning rapidly. You can almost see the change daily. Ears are still upright and stalk strength looks good so far, so hopefully, it will stand till the combines roll. Starting to see some SDS in some soybean fields. No pattern is present at this time; it may be sporadic and not widespread.