This has been a very strange and memorable growing season for Sauk Valley farmers.
To start off with, many of the area farmers could not put their crop in the ground until late June. For almost a month, heavy rains fell on the Sauk Valley, flooding out fields or making them too wet to work in. When the farmers were finally able to get into the fields and plant what they could it was late June.
Local farmer Jim Schielein says he and several other farmers are still bringing in their crop. He said this is the latest in the year he has ever brought in the harvest. He also said the corn and soybean yield might be a bit better than expected, but, it is still hit and miss.
Schielein went on to say if the weather holds, you will see some farmers out all night if need be. One of the problems with this year’s crop is the fact there is still too much moisture in it. Normally, farmers can count on warm weather to dry down the corn and soybeans. This year it is not drying down and Schielein said this year, you may have to take it as is and hope for the best.