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Coles County

Todd Easton

Todd Easton raises corn, soybeans, and wheat on his farm near Charleston.


It has been another rainy week, keeping machines wanting to do fall work in the shed. The last bit of harvest is still out there in select areas waiting for drier days. The 2018 CropWatcher season has indeed been a year of ups and downs, which is what makes farming interesting. The biggest up was the exceptional yields the year brought. Corn yields in the 250 bushel per acre area and soybean yields in the 80’s or better has brought some challenges, but at the end of the day, it confirms a job well done by producers and Mother Nature. My best to you and yours until next the CropWatcher and growing season.


Somehow, it’s November already and the month is starting out very wet, with two days of steady rain putting a couple of inches in the gauge. While the larger part of Coles County has no crops left standing, there are several areas where corn and beans can still be found. It might be a struggle to get those final fields in after these last couple of rainy days. Fall fertilizer and tillage passes have had a good start, but it will be a while before we can continue that work also.


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It seems like this week’s report is deja vu all over again. We have just switched back to cutting in the bean fields for a couple days. The forecast has a minor chance of showers again. I think I can speak for all farmers when I say I hope they miss us. Harvest seems to have crossed over the halfway point in the area, especially for corn. Several elevators are diligently working to find room at this point. It looks like this crop may take up any spare empty space we can find.