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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.


Four weeks in and we have already seen some crazy weather. Our 9-plus inches of rain event was followed up by the best "dust bowl" simulation I have ever seen. The dust could be seen traveling for miles from ground that the crust had been broken. I don't know what that does to a lot of chemical plans, but I am sure a lot of scouting will need to be done. Soybean planting has been rapid, both the first time and for replant, while most cornfields are being spotted in. I hope the last two weeks are not a sign of things to come.


We received another .5 to 2.5 inches of rain last week. In some cases, it will help save the day, and in others, it really couldn't hurt. The soybeans that looked like a lost cause are putting up a fight, as a few are trying to break through. Corn looks better as it gets tall enough to cover up some of the weaker stands, but replanting is still on everyone’s to-do list. We did get in one day of fieldwork with a lot of sprayers taking full advantage. Looks like the planting season is going to last a while longer.


What a difference a week makes. We have received more than 9 inches of rain. This will need to be remembered come harvest as the wet holes, ditches, washes and general ponding has left some areas that will take a year or two to fix. That being said, I think it is safe to say the top end may have already been knocked out of many fields. Soybean planting started for a few days, but in all likelihood, it will get to start all over again in a few more. Looks like we have seen our first curveball of the season, and it was one for the ages. Glad to have last week behind us.


We wrapped up two solid weeks of progress last Wednesday. A high percentage of corn and a start to soybean planting was rolling along. Then the weatherman began predicting up to 5 inches of rain during the weekend (April 29-30). That could definitely reshape the progress we thought we were making. We have received around 1.5 inches of rain, which stopped all progress and gave a much-needed lift to the areas that may have been planted into less-than-ideal conditions. Next week, we will have either dodged a bullet or jumped into the deep end of the pool. Keeping my fingers crossed.