A great season for planting in southwest Illinois


A great season for planting in southwest Illinois

A southwestern Illinois farmer says compared to the last decade, they have had the best start to planting in 2020 and 2021.

“But unlike last year, we were able to plant in May this year. Last year, we didn’t get a single seed in the ground the month of May due to wet weather, but this year we were able to keep rolling.”

Nick Harre tells Brownfield all their corn is planted aside from a few fields where they took first cutting alfalfa off on the older stands, and all of their full season beans are in the ground.

Harre farms near Nashville in Washington County-the largest wheat producing county in Illinois. This past week he saw a lot of farmers applying fungicides to prevent head scab.

“I think we should expect at least average yields on wheat since it hasn’t been too wet of a spring. I will say from walking some of the fields it seems shorter, but I have no reason to believe that it would be a below average yielding year.”

Harre says the rise in grain prices is great for those selling grain, but caused a spike in feed costs for their 350 head Holstein dairy operation.

Interview with Nick Harre