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Kevin Raber

Kevin Raber farms near Browns in Wabash County. He is an original Cropwatcher.


Wet ground kept us out of the fields last week. There are beans left in the fields. Hopefully, we will get some sunny days soon.
To finish out my 2018 reports, I would have to say this has been a year of extremes. We have been extremely wet, extremely dry, hot and cold, but still had good crops. So, as I like to close every year, the good Lord has blessed us in so many ways.


I had 3 inches in my rain gauge as of dark on Thursday. Harvest is near completion. I saw a lot of fertilizer spread and fieldwork done before the rain. I still have a few first-crop beans and my double crops left in the field. My bean yields have been good. Hopefully, there won’t be any field loss before I can get back in to finish this year’s harvest.


We had a good week for harvest here in southeastern Illinois. Harvest is in its final stages. Many area farmers are done, but I will need another week or so to finish. My beans have been good. In fact, I have been as pleased with my bean yields as I have been disappointed with my corn yields.


Got back to the bean field last Wednesday. Rainfall amounts were small, but dreary overcast days were not good for drying. My bean yields have been good, but not as good as last year. Some wheat is up, and it looks good. Some is being sown now.