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Coles County

Todd Easton

Todd Easton raises corn, soybeans, and wheat on his farm near Charleston.


Every crop season presents us with varying challenges and opportunities – this year was no exception. The year definitely brought us challenges more so than normal, but now that they are overcome, we can look back and be more prepared for the next crops. As a producer here in Coles County, I actually feel lucky. Even though we weren’t exempt from the difficulties, they didn’t seem as amplified in our area as they were for many other growers. The equipment’s put away, and most of the bins are full but some we didn’t need to use. After the last few years, average numbers aren’t exciting, but at the end of the day they keep the lights on. I can’t say enough that I am thankful this fall season broke the muddy and frustrating trend of the spring and fall farming seasons before it. We not only brought the crop in safely and successfully but we also got a good window to prepare and repair the land for the next crop. Now it’s time to say, see you later, as this completes the CropWatcher reporting season. Have a wonderful holiday season and best wishes into the next year!


Winter came in early on us, putting snow on the last few remaining cornfields for a few days. The forecast shows a few days coming that should allow harvest to resume and get finished for those of us with fields still standing. We are in a good spot around here compared to a lot of other places. If fall field preparations get to resume or not, we are still in a pretty good spot to pick up for next year.


The light is at the end of the tunnel for harvest 2019! Consensus puts everyone at done or down to the last handful of fields in this area. Later-planted cornfields have been posting some good yields, actually bumping the average rather than hurting it. When the dust clears, I believe corn will beat our actual production history yields in this area. Soybeans, on the other hand, will struggle to do the same. Machinery can be seen all over working the soil, and applying anhydrous and dry fertilizers. From a forecast standpoint, the coast is clear to get everything in the bin and the fields ready for the next crop, but we may shiver a bit doing it.


October started in the 90s and November starts in the 20s. I guess extremes are the new normal. It’s been a week of light progress thanks to 2 inches of rain accumulation, another inch midweek and plenty of mist in between. It appears the corn crop is just over the halfway mark of being out of the fields. Yields are still running 30 bushels on either side of the 200 mark, depending on the hand that the spring dealt the field. A good week would sure help put this harvest across the finish line. It’s in the forecast, so we cross our fingers, I guess.