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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.


Well, our conservation practices have proven effective through spring flooding and this week's dust bowl! What else is Mother Nature going to throw at us this spring? Corn replanting is done (hopefully), and some beans are in the ground and some still in the bag. We have been post-spraying as weather allows.


Replant or no replant? That has been the big conundrum this week. After working some ground and planting one field of beans with nothing else dry enough to plant, all we can do is worry about our corn. A lot of corn in the area is emerging, and some that was emerged during the heavy rain has finally gotten some color back. The rain we got last week was helpful to some who had corn crusted in the ground. We did get a day of spraying in, but the waiting and worrying game is still on about the fate of the corn. I told my husband he had a bad spring training (first planting), but he could still win the World Series. I'm not sure it cheered him up.


Five inches of rain fell in our area since I last wrote. Wet spots and ponding are widespread, and the Sangamon River is out of its banks, affecting farmers in the bottom ground. Corn is up, but the majority is just sitting in the cold, wet ground. Apparently, the Chicago Board of Trade really believes the old adage, "rain makes grain."


Brrrr. Well, I broke down and turned the heat on again this morning. What unseasonably cold weather! We finished planting corn along with most of the farmers in the area last week. It is the first time I can remember finishing planting corn when none was coming up yet. I can row my neighbors corn and ours is almost there. Our beans are all still in the bag, and looking at the forecast, they will be for a while yet. We got a little spraying done in between the wind and the rain, and are now working on cleaning up and doing some repairs on the planter, and hooking up to the drill and getting it ready to roll.