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Jeff Guilander

Jeff Guilander farms with his father Ronnie Guilander and brother in law, Terry Hall. They grow corn and soybeans, and have a small cow-calf operation. Jeff is a former Jersey County Farm Bureau president, and he has been farming since 1994.


The heat just keeps rolling on. A few areas got a decent rain last week, but most areas have gone dry for almost a month. The corn looks like it is sunburned with a gray-green color along with the bottom of the plant firing. Soybeans haven't grown any with waterhemp growing just enough to break the canopy in many fields. Looks like it could be a very early and fast harvest around here.


Greetings from the Jersey County blast furnace. More than three weeks without significant rain, followed by 95-plus- degree temperatures accompanied by a strong breeze, has everything wilting. Corn on the lighter soil is already starting to fire, while soybean growth has simply stopped. This has definitely taken the top end out of expectations with less potential daily. The only positive is waterhemp growth has slowed some, too. A special shout out to the participants, sponsors and organizers of the 4-H and Jersey County Fair livestock show for having a first-class event.


This week, the Jersey County Fair kicks off, and as usual, the heat and humidity are coming right along with it. A few pockets of rain fell last week, but for the most part, it has been dry with temperatures rising steadily. Corn is into pollination, and the first beans that were sprayed are now showing late-season weeds that are always the most frustrating. Halfway through the season, and there is still a lot of work to do. One good thing to come from the heat and humidity is the Calhoun peach crop is now getting into the heart of the season with some of the better varieties starting to get picked.


This week, let's remember that the greatest losses are not measured in dollars or bushels. Make sure to appreciate joy of working toward a common goal with people you love.