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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.


To be honest, I am completely enjoying the late harvest and the time we are getting to spend together as a family doing fall things such as soccer games and festivals. I'm sure the happiness will be fleeting as we are maybe a week away from getting in the field. Then low prices and what I expect to be less than stellar yields will put a damper on things (and the pessimist in me thinks that it will start raining finally and won't quit). But for right now, the weather is gorgeous, my kids are happy, and so am I!


We had no rain last week. Nothing much has changed here other than we are a week closer to harvest. We did have a very sad event on the farm this week. Our trusty farm dog, Lucy, passed away suddenly. That has been hard on everyone, and will continue to be, as we will miss playing ball while filling bins and playing ball while loading trucks this winter. She was 9 years old, and was a great dog. She will be missed.


Early-maturing soybeans are starting to lose their green color. Rains remain hit and miss. Rain is still helping soybean yields and maybe corn since most of it has not black layered yet. Pre-harvest scouting shows no signs of diplodia or grain quality issues so far in the corn. This is from Kyle. I'm gallivanting on a college buddies’ trip in California!


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