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Eric Shields

Eric Shields is a second generation CropWatcher who raises corn soybeans and wheat in Jackson and surrounding counties. He is also a farmer-dealer for Asgrow and DeKalb seed, and a part-owner of Shawnee Valley Aviation, a crop dusting service in Southern Illinois. Eric has been farming on his own since 1999. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management, with a minor in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


The end of another great harvest season is upon us. Yields here in southern Illinois have turned out to be some of the best in spots, and some of the worst in others. The last week or so has been a struggle here with rain every few days. Still, I finished along with a lot of other farmers around me. I would like to finish the year by saying thanks to all the people that stop and take time to read the words that I and the other CropWatchers write every week. It’s been a pleasure. Be safe out there the rest of the year, and may God bless us all and give us strength to do what we love for many years to come.


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I asked for some much-needed rain in my last report. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and now I'm asking for a little dry weather to be able to finish. Crops this year seem to have been above average for most of the farmers I have talked to. That's great in my book -- if we could just get the commodity prices to cooperate like the yields, we could consider this year a success. Wheat in the county looks really good and is growing pretty fast. Hopefully, that will continue as time goes on. Congratulations if you’re done harvesting. Wish the rest of us luck as we try to get finished. God bless.


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