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Sangamon County

Jimmy Ayers

Jimmy Ayers raises corn and soybeans on his farm near New City, which is five miles south of Rochester.


Last week, we received 1.25 inches of rain. Corn is starting to look like it's matured. Some of the earlier varieties of soybeans are yellowing. For the most part, rain has laid down the beans pretty hard. Some roadsides are being mowed. Most guys are working on equipment. I hope you're prepared for a great fall.


We ended up getting 2 1/4 inches of rain. Quite a surprise for what we were thinking. Last week, the Sangamon County Farm Bureau did a crop yield study, estimating the county average at 221.3 bushels per acre, with the high at 251 and the low at 191. Scattered showers have made quite a difference in many areas. Disease in the beans seems to be picking up pretty good. Some corn is dying from the bottom up, with some corn actually maturing.


Last week, we had 1.3 inches of rain at our house. The range across our farms was .3 to 1.8 inches. Crops still look really good. Some fields of corn are struggling with nitrogen. Plants have shut down a little bit early. Some soybeans have fallen down. Now is a good time to be taking note of the population, maybe too thick for that particular variety. The Illinois State Fair started Thursday with the parade. Farm Bureau had a float in it. The fair is going on all this week.


Last week, we received 3.6 inches of rain. Spotty showers went anywhere from 2 to 6 inches across the county. It was welcome rain. Ag Extravaganza, put on by our Farm Bureau to connect with urban consumers, went over really well. About 350 kids came through. Corn is half to full dent in most fields. A lot of fields have got yellow on the bottom of them. A few leaves have turned brown already. Soybeans are rolling right along.