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Randy Anderson

Randy Anderson grows corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm near Galatia. He also operates a small cow/calf herd.

8/24/2018

Another week of very little rain, with some light showers but no ground soakers like we need. All I can say is it’s better than 100 degrees and the sun beaming down. A friend of mine posted on Facebook this morning that the local grain bid for fall is the same price it was 10 years ago. So, think about that -- everything else is doubled or tripled in price, but what we get doesn’t. I leave you with that as my thoughts for the week!

8/17/2018

The week included what I call teaser rains. We had almost a half-inch, but it took three rains to get that much. I’m not complaining because a little rain is better than none. Corn is OK, but it’s not as good as last year. Beans have a lot of growth, but not the pod count. Some of the early beans on ridge ground are hurting. So you know the top end is gone on them. Pastures are showing stress, too.

8/10/2018

Some light showers last week were about it. But we will take anything at this point. Spent most of the week at the Illinois State Fair. Crops up I-64 to Route 4 and I-55 look good from the road. Crops over to U.S. 51 and down for the most part are good, but I saw a few spots of water damage within a decent looking crop. On another note, it’s sad that each year I go to the fairgrounds and see the neglect in the structures and infrastructures. Money needs to be spent on there in order for the fairgrounds to generate more money. The fair showcases the finest products this state produces. So should the grounds it’s held on!

8/3/2018

Been a pleasant week temp-wise, but we sure could use a good ground soaker. Had some light showers the first part the week, but nothing to give us a good recharge. Beans and corn are showing stress on the ridges. Markets may have found a bottom, but we still need to be a dollar above the level they’re at now!