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Brent Clair

Brent Clair farms about 750 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat near Loraine. He is also a private meteorologist, assisting the Adams County Emergency Management Agency with coordinated response before, during and after major weather events. He serves on the Adams County Farm Bureau Board, and is working to get his private pilot’s license.

11/22/2019

How to summarize 2019? Words fail me. We’ve seen practically everything on this side of the state weatherwise. We’ve been through the wringer physically and mentally. But for the most part, everyone is still standing. Not all the corn is out, as some is still high in moisture. Some are saying they may leave it in through winter to freeze dry. Yields were highly variable. Our corn did not manage much above 100, but the soybeans were average or slightly above. I’ll take that for July replants. We all want that perfect year, but someone once told me if you had a perfect year, you might as well retire because nothing will ever be good enough. I’m not ready for that yet, so here’s looking forward to 2020. May God bless all of you during the upcoming holiday seasons, and may we all meet again next year!

11/18/2019

Cold and snowy weather stopped harvest operations in their tracks early last week. Reports are still wide and varied as far as progress, with some individuals finishing and some with several hundred acres of corn left. Not all of the beans are out, but I believe most farmers got the majority out late last week before the snow. Nitrogen application has slowed due to freezing soil conditions. Hopefully, once the snow melts we all can hit it hard again and put this year behind us. Stay safe, everyone!!

11/8/2019

It’s nice to actually be writing this report from the cab of the combine for once. Weather finally gave us some good opportunities to knock out a lot of acreage. Unfortunately, corn yields were miserable. Don’t know where these above-average reports are coming from. The cold allowed soybean harvest to go almost all day and night. Despite the progress, many farmers are still saying they are far from done. Let’s hope rain and snow stays away for another couple weeks. As always, be safe out there.

11/1/2019

Progress ground to an abrupt halt Thursday with a couple of inches of snow, on top of about an inch of rain from Wednesday. Not good news to many, as from what I've been told, corn and bean harvest is not much above 50% for the area. This wet and cold weather is not going to make a bad situation any better. Corn yields are just not coming in very high. Noticing a lot of nitrogen lacking symptoms. Decent stalk quality, just no ear length. Temps are projected to moderate this week, so hopefully combines will get back into the fields by Monday or Tuesday. Nitrogen application was at a feverish pace as well. Fertilizer plants put in several long days getting as much as possible on before conditions deteriorated.