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Champaign County

Daniel Herriott

Daniel Herriott farms with his father, Steve, and his brother, Matthew. They grow corn and soybeans near Sidney in southeastern Champaign County. Daniel is a second-generation CropWatcher. Daniel also works in agribusiness, covering Champaign County and surrounding counties.


Fields temporarily dried off enough last week to finish corn and soybean harvest. Others are back to fall tillage. Anhydrous season has been slow to start, but I would anticipate more to be applying before the weather turns again. There are very few crops in the field in the southern part of the county. As you travel north, there is still a fair amount of corn in the fields and some beans as well.


Much of the area is down to the short rows of harvest, if they have not finished yet. Spotty rain showers have not made it easy to wrap up harvest. Last week, some of the local elevators filled up with corn and closed, as they try to fill trains to make some more space. Tillage work is in full swing with significant portions of the ground already worked. As ground temperatures dropped, some anhydrous was put on. Fall anhydrous season is not in full swing yet, as I believe most are waiting to see if the cooler weather is here to stay.


During the past week, it has been rainy and cold. Many farmers were able to finish harvest, or come close during the weekend (Oct. 21-22). It started raining Sunday. During the next few days, Sidney received nearly 2.5 inches of rain. The ground has firmed up enough for some to start picking corn again. A great portion of the corn left was replanted or planted late. Fortunately, there are very few beans left in the fields as we are looking at a cold and cloudy forecast ahead.


Last week was another productive week in the fields. Many of the beans throughout the county are finished or will be finished soon before the upcoming rain this weekend. I would estimate corn harvest to be 75 percent done, but there are pockets that exceed that and others that are far behind that. Overall, corn yields have held in above average. There are pockets around the county, though, that lacked rainfall, and their yields are well below average. More fertilizer is starting to be spread, and tillage work is starting as well. The countryside continues to be a very busy scene.