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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.


We had another eventful week across the stateline. Many were able to get back into the fields Sunday (May 14) and Monday (May 15) before more rains came Monday afternoon. Thankfully, July-like temperatures allowed many to get back into the fields late Tuesday and Wednesday. Severe storms came in to the area late Wednesday, halting progress last week. The wheat crop continues to be in great shape, and first cutting of hay was completed by many. We will have corn planting continue into the early part of June this year. Boone County is about 60 to 70 percent planted on corn and 10 to 20 percent done on soybeans. Stay safe this spring.


Farmers in the area got back into the fields late Sunday (May 7) and Monday before more rains came into the area Monday night. Most of the area received 1.5 to 3 inches of rain this week during two rain events. Hopefully, by early this week, we will be able to get back into the fields. I would say the area is about one-third planted on corn and very little, if any, planted on soybeans. Stay safe this spring.


Heavy rains came in April 29-30 with most of the area receiving 2 to 3.5 inches of rain. Fortunately, the rains went south of us, allowing many of the fields to dry out dramatically. We are hoping to get back into the field by Sunday or Monday (May 7-8). There is rain forecast for the middle part of next week, so it might be short-lived. The wheat crop continues to be in good shape. Stay safe this spring.


After a long wait, spring fieldwork and planting finally arrived last week in Boone County. Many growers have struggled to get fields dry enough to put on spring anhydrous and to start planting (April 22-23). Spring work came to a halt with rain moving into the area Wednesday and Thursday. The area is about 10 to 15 percent planted. Rainfall midweek ranged from .75 to 1.5 inches with more expected over the weekend. Our next planting window looks to be pushed back to the end of next week at the earliest. The wheat crop around the area continues to look good. Stay safe this spring.