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Brian Sisson

I've been working as a seed company District Sales Manager for the past 6 ½ years in North Central Illinois. The family farm operation is located in southeast Boone County, Illinois. The original home farm has been in my family since 1840. The family farm is a cash grain - corn/soybean operation. My father and uncle are the principal operators of farm. I am working my way into becoming a partner in the farm operation since I graduated from college in 2008.

9/22/2017

Most of the area received 0.2 of an inch of rain or less for the week. The 90-degree temperatures pushed the corn crop towards maturity and finished off most of the soybeans. Early harvest reports for soybeans have yield levels running between 50-65 bushels per acre, but most of those are April to early-May planted soybeans. Silage harvest has just about wrapped up. I expect most of the area to be harvesting soybeans next week. Stay safe this harvest.

9/15/2017

Silage harvest was in full swing along the state line last week. Tonnage has been good in some areas and very lackluster in others. Many soybean fields have started to mature, and some growers will start harvest this week. The corn crop continues to struggle with the lack of rainfall since the end of July. Summer-like heat last week and into this week should help speed up our harvest date. Harvest on early-planted cornfields should only be 10 to 14 days away. We have rain chances Sunday (Sept. 17) with normal to above average temperatures expected for this week. Stay safe this harvest.

9/8/2017

September opened much like the month of August with below-normal temperatures and no measurable rains. The area has received less than 1 inch of rainfall since the end of July. Corn maturity is being pushed along, not by GDU accumulation, but due to water stress. Much of the corn is between R4 to R5. Silage harvest began last week, and early returns are that 20 to 30 percent more acres are needed to match last year’s productivity. Early maturity soybeans, along with some sandier fields, have started to mature. Harvest will be limited until the end of the month.

9/1/2017

No report