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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.

6/22/2018

Just when we thought we were never to get another drop of rain, the heavens opened last week. While I would like to report that it was an area-wide soaking, some places only received a little less than a half-inch while others got almost 2 inches. Tassels are starting to poke out in the early fields, so temperatures and rainfall will be critical the next few weeks. The bottom line is that the damage has been done to the top end. Many folks are saying the top 20 percent is gone. Still plenty of potential, but bins will not bust this fall.

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.