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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.


Another hot, dry week here in southern Illinois. With temperatures in the mid-90s, and southern wind blowing daily, we sure could use a rain. Crops seem to be holding on for the time being, but any moisture would be a blessing right now. The potential for wonderful crops exists, but only time and Mother Nature will tell. On more of a personal side, I just attended an open house for the new, local grain elevator. It was a good evening, and I believe having a facility like this in the area will benefit the local ag community. Be careful out there this week, and stay safe.


Hot and windy -- those were the words of the week. With temperatures running in the mid-90s, and the winds blowing 15 to 20 mph, it's been very uncomfortable. Crops, however, seem to be holding on for now. Forecast for next week looks even hotter, and without a rain, things could get ugly in a hurry. Everyone be safe out there this week -- the heat can get to you in a hurry.


No report this week.


No report this week.