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Boone County

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.


This is Gary Greenlee filling in for Brian. We had another 1 inch of rain Friday night into Saturday (Oct. 14) in northeastern Winnebago County. South and west of here had up to 2 inches. Conditions have improved since then with soybean harvest continuing later on Tuesday. Soybean harvest should be nearing completion by this Saturday (Oct. 21). Yields are somewhere around 15 bushels behind last year. About 10 percent of the corn is harvested and yields are very good from early planting dates.


After a good stretch of weather, harvest along the state line came to a halt after rain moved in Tuesday night. Much of the area saw 2.5 to 3.5 inches of rain by Wednesday morning. Soybean yields continue to run anywhere from 10 to 20 bushels per acre behind 2016 yield levels. Soybean harvest is about 60 to 70 percent complete. A few growers have started harvesting corn and early returns are positive. Many were able to finish planting their wheat acres ahead of last week’s rain. Stay safe this harvest.


Soybean harvest is about 40 to 50 percent complete in Boone County. Yields have ranged from 25 to 70 bushels per acre. It was just too wet early on in many fields, and then the lack of rainfall for the last two months really hindered yield potential. Corn harvest has been slow to begin. Many may switch over to corn this week with a wet weather pattern forecast. Some wheat planting has begun. Stay safe this harvest.


Last week’s stretch of 90-degree temperatures helped much of the corn crop in Boone County finally reach black layer. Harvest is in full swing along the stateline with most farmers combining soybeans. Soybean yields are running above the 10-year average, but 10 to 20 bushels below last year’s yields. Many farmers are waiting to plant wheat until soil moisture levels improve. I expect corn harvest to get under way this week as many will start to finish soybeans with no rain in the current forecast. Stay safe this harvest.