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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.


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.


Well, I asked for a break last week and that is what we got. It rained enough on and off last weekend, dropping a little more than an inch of rain on us, to keep most people out of the fields until the middle of last week. We got going Thursday. Forecast says 100 percent chance today (Friday). Kyle trusted it and didn’t pack his lunch, which probably means it won’t rain.


We stopped before dark Thursday night ahead of the predicted rain, but only came away with .45 of an inch in the gauge. We were on beans, but will now probably move to corn barring any more rain. We haven’t had a real stoppage since we started harvesting!


The weather was cooperative last week. Corn and soybeans are coming out of fields around the county fairly equally. Yields are still good, with soybean yields being the talk of most people.