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Wabash County

Kevin Raber

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


Summer temps returned here in southeastern Illinois. Temperatures in the high 80's and low 90's with high humidity makes it feel like the middle of August. We received a nice rain with amounts varying widely. I dumped 2.75 inches of rain out of my gauge. It was so dry, even with that much rain, I was back in the field the next day.


Rainfall amounts of maybe .1 of an inch fell this past week. I can't believe that the remnants of the last two hurricanes brought so little rainfall to us. We are extremely dry now, so a rain would really help our soybeans. I started corn harvest this week. My white corn has been good. Moisture is running 17 to 19 percent. Field averages have been good as well. Dark soils are doing better than my sandier areas where yields are cut to half. I am not sure if the heat or some other factor has effected the sandy areas of my fields.


No measurable rain last week. Low humidity combined with sun and wind has helped the corn dry. Several farmers started corn harvest. I've heard of moisture from 16 to 26 percent. Yields have been good, but not outstanding. It looks as though it will be a few weeks until bean harvest begins.


Several area counties have completed their yield surveys. None have been outstanding, so it looks as if southeastern Illinois won't be raising the state average. There have been a few acres of corn harvested, but I would guess that after Labor Day, harvest activity will pick up quickly. Beans are starting to show some yellow leaves. It will be several weeks until any beans will be harvested locally.