2021 growing season a roller coaster for Illinois farmer


2021 growing season a roller coaster for Illinois farmer

Every growing season has its twists and turns, and a southern Illinois farmer says 2021 has been no exception.

Austin Lovelady who farms 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Tamaroa describes this year as “A really big roller coaster. It started off wet, then went extremely dry for about 4 weeks, and then we ended up getting 13 inches of rain in one week. So, we went to extremely wet and currently we are back to being pretty dry.”

He tells Brownfield they have some total crop loss from flooding in their river bottom ground, but as harvest approaches, he is optimistic for a decent crop.

“We do have what I would call an average crop. We aren’t going to set any records but we will definitely have something to sell.”

Lovelady says his biggest concern right now is the uncertainty around availability and prices for inputs heading into 2022. Brownfield interviewed Lovelady at the Beck’s Hybrids Southern Illinois Field Show last week.