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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.


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.


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!