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Carroll County

Leroy Getz

owns the Lucky Clover Dairy Farm near Savanna and is one of our original Cropwatchers. He and his son, Ronald, milk 90 Holstein cows and raise their own replacement animals. They also grow corn, oats, and alfalfa hay.


Rain and mud sums up this week. Rainfall totaled 4.5 inches up to 10 inches. Flash flooding, roads closed and fields flooded. A few guys tried to combine, but were like Tonka toys in a mud puddle. Some fields may not dry up until they are frozen solid. Field losses in the downed corn and soybeans will be big. Some farmers have not yet started to harvest. Take your time and be safe.


Harvest was limited between rains this week. I had 1.55 inches, but up north along the Wisconsin border as much as 10 inches were reported. The Mississippi River has been on the rise. Fields are muddy, and some combines and grain carts have been stuck. Soybean cutting has been at a standstill until it dries up. Sprouting corn is making a big cover crop.


Rain this week amounted to .6 of an inch for a September total of 8.25 inches. Tornado or violent winds in southeast Carroll County Tuesday left much destruction to properties in the Milledgeville area. The Farmers Elevator lost bins, a dryer and grain leg. Winds of 100 mph on 250 bushel per acre corn leaves a real mess. Our prayers go to the farmers that have to try to combine those hundreds of acres. Moisture on corn is as low as 15 percent. Yields have been outstanding.


Three days of rain last week totaled 1.2 inches with more in the forecast. We finished baling hay Monday -- all four cuttings without getting any wet. Combines have been going in both corn and beans. Some cornfields that show tar spot, and are lodged, require reels to get it into the machines. Yields in those fields are as much as 30 bushels less than last year. Other producers are reporting 250 bushel yields and commenting it might be their best ever. Moisture is from 18 to 28 percent.