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Carrie Winkelmann

Carrie Winkelmann farms with her husband, Kyle, raising corn and soybeans. Carrie also works as an agriculture literacy coordinator for Sangamon-Menard Extension.


No report this week.


I guess I should be looking on the bright side and be happy that I think we are finally done with our planting for 2017, but we could really use a rain. It is really dry here. Unbelievably so after this wet spring. Crops are progressing. A lot of hay is being baled. We hosted teachers for our area Summer Ag Institute -- a great group with great questions. It really puts our work into perspective when we have to explain ourselves and our practices. Farming can be so insular that it is good to take a look at what we do through someone else's eyes!!


This has been the first week in a long time that there has been no measurable rain, and because of that, everyone has been catching up on their very long to-do lists. A lot of planting, replanting, sidedressing and spraying. Corn stages range from emerging to V6, and bean stages range from just planted to V2. A lot of hay was cut and put up last week. We found armyworms in our seed rye during the weekend, so we spent a lot of time spraying to control that problem in the seed rye, beans and corn edges. This is one downside to cover crops, along with wet fields, but I have to say, I think the benefits (no washing, no blowing and no weeds!!!) far outweigh the negatives.


No report this week.