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Menard County

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.


After 30 weeks of crop reports (with a few that I missed here and there,) I am happy to make my last report of the year! It makes me happy to share what is happening on our farm and in my area. The weather has turned cold and precipitation is coming. There are still a few corn and bean fields standing in the county where weather has made it too wet for harvest or some other problem has occurred to halt harvest. We are very lucky to be done. I have friends in many other states who are still waiting for the weather to quit! So, I am sending well wishes to everyone for an eventual end to harvest. For those of you who are done, count your blessings.


Harvest 2018 is complete for us and many others in the area, and I couldn’t be more thankful as rain during the last two days has kept everyone out of the field. We are prepping for fertilizer application and fall herbicide, and in the meantime, fighting off seed salesmen (just joking) as 2019 planting year planning starts!


We have not finished, and it is starting to rain, so I will have something to write about next week! We finished beans, so the end is in sight. Corn and bean yields are still above average, and the county is pretty low on any standing crops. There is tillage going on, and I saw anhydrous tanks on the roads. Kyle broke the drill (luckily right after he finished planting the cover crops), the water pump is out on the 4020, and the 4440 looks to be headed the same way, so it looks like some good warm shop/cold weather projects. Good thing we are done with augers for a while. Looking for a little warm, dry weather to get the fall herbicide on once we get through the last of the corn.


We are still plugging away. The rain Oct. 13-14 halted all progress until last Tuesday, and it was almost too wet Tuesday (that’s code for we got stuck a couple of times). The county is really opening up with a lot of people finishing harvest this week. As long as the weather holds, I would guess that almost everything will be out by my next report.