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Kevin Raber

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


There were several days of harvest weather last week. Harvest 2019 is nearly completed here in southern Illinois. I need a few more good days to finish. My yields have been very good for as late as they were planted. My corn was planted June 10 or later and beans after that up until July 15. As this year draws to a close, I find myself feeling thankful for family and friends and grateful to God for a safe and bountiful harvest. Now let’s wait and see what next year has in store for us.


Rain, sleet, snow and extremely cold temperatures from Monday afternoon (Nov. 11) through Thursday slowed harvest last week. I started corn again Thursday. Hopefully, there will be some good weather so I can finish harvest.


Another slow week, we had a few days of harvest, but rain Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning brought all field activities to a halt. Some area farmers are finished, but I still need a couple of weeks to bring this year’s harvest to an end.


Fieldwork was slow last week. Rain events delayed harvest. The ground is soaking it up pretty good. Late-planted crops seem to be taking a long time to dry down. The wheat is off to a good start.