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Weather Wednesday 11/9/16

The weather here in Bureau County, Illinois continues to be absolutely gorgeous! Even for November. Blue skies and sunshine make for a happy husband! Some guys are finishing up with harvest while others are starting field work around these parts.

Here’s a look at what our guys have been seeing in the field:

Galen Nissley (Honeyville): It’s been on the wet side here in Northern Indiana. Harvest is about done and some guys are working ground. We are predicted to be down to 28 degrees by Friday.

Eric Johnston: Harvest season is winding down for most farmers here in North Central Illinois. Some have finished, while others have been making good progress with the nice weather we’ve had. The nice weather has also been ideal for growers to apply Residuce®.

Tom Adams (Maraseed Inc.): Our weather has been very unseasonably warm with good rains in New York; supposed to get colder this weekend. Corn is pretty much done, a few fields around that are still standing. But for the most part, they are finished. Cover crops are in and up. Saw some 5th cutting being chopped yesterday, which is pretty unusual for that to happen. All in all, we have enjoyed a beautiful fall, with good crops in spite of our very dry and hot summer.

We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Want to learn more? Join us in Omaha, Nebraska on November 29 as we kick off a series of winter meetings. We’ll discuss topics such as cover crops, weed control, and fertility inputs. Plus tour Midwest Laboratories. The meeting will be held from 9am-5pm at Midwest Laboratories, 13611 B St., Omaha, NE 68144. Kindly respond by November 21 by calling 815.872.1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

 

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Weather Wednesday 11/02/16

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away?! My mind is still trying to wrap itself around the fact that it’s November already! And so far, we’ve been experiencing a pleasant Indian Summer. Warm, mild temps have kept harvest rolling along.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: In Nebraska, we’ve had above average temps by at least 10 degrees and it’s been dry. Corn harvest is winding down, maybe 15 percent in the field as of today. Yields are 15 bushels below expectation.

Galen Nissley (Honeyville): In Northern Indiana, we had temps in the 70’s yesterday and today there’s a 55% chance of rain in the afternoon. Most large grain farmers are well under way with fall tillage; some are still finishing up harvest. I began harvesting corn yesterday with moisture around 20%.

Tom Adams (Maraseed Inc.): It got down to 22 degrees yesterday in New York. It’s been clear and just beautiful. We did get some snow last week.

Gary Campbell: There was more rain in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area. It continues to be tough to get crops harvested and last cutting of hay made. In Southwest Ohio this week, temps were around 80 and harvest is almost wrapped up. Great conditions for applying Residuce® in corn and produce fields, as well as orchards.

Ken Musselman: Black bean harvest is finally finished in North Central Iowa. Yields around 50 bu/acre, which is great considering all the rain.

Eric Johnston: Harvest is progressing nicely in North Central Illinois. We finished harvest on our own farm Monday morning. Now we just have to get the rest of our cover crops spread and spray Residuce®. Besides a few minor combine repairs, it was a smooth harvest this year.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

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Weather Wednesday 10/26/16

Harvest continues to roll along here in Bureau County. There’s light at the end of the tunnel! If the weather cooperates throughout the next week, most guys should be nearing the end.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Gary Campbell: Much of Western Ohio received 2 inches of rain last Thursday, so just getting rolling again. Corn yields are in the 170-200 bushel range, and beans 50-70, depending on severity of the summer drought and August storm damage. Still waiting on double-crop beans to mature, but most should do well. The warm temps and moisture has been perfect for Residuce® applications, residue recycling and cover crops are off to a great start!

Mike Wyatt: We are having ideal weather for fall harvest in Nebraska. Day time temps are in the upper 60’s and the nights are in the low 30’s. No rain and no rain forecasted. Harvest for the remaining fall crops is progressing rapidly. Dry land corn yields cover a range from 80 to 130 bushel per acre. Irrigated corn yields are 200 to 250 bushel per acre. Popcorn yielding around 5500 lbs per acre. Sugar beets are close to 40 tons per acre, no report on sugar content.

Galen Nissley (Honeyville): Most farmers have switched to beans in Northern Indiana. We have a lot of heavy soil in this area, so moisture has been an issue. The temperature has been in the 40’s and today is cold, rainy, and windy. We have a couple nicer days predicted so farmers will be able to continue with harvest.

Tom Adams (Maraseed Inc.): The weather is very cool in New York, 40’s and 50’s. We got 1.5 inches of rain last week, which was much needed. Some guys are starting to combine corn and soybeans. Silage and hay is done. It’ll be a couple weeks before harvest is done.

Eric Johnston: Farmers made progress getting the crops harvested in North Central Illinois this past week. A customer’s soybeans made over 90 bushels/acre. He said he had never seen the yield monitor go above 100 so many times harvesting soybeans. Our Residuce® and some of our foliar products were applied on that particular field.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

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Weather Wednesday 10/19/16

The unusual warm weather for this time of year has harvest clipping right along. It got up into the 80’s this week with very little moisture. At this rate, guys will have enough time to apply Residuce® to shoot for higher yields next year.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: We are having beautiful fall weather in Nebraska. Day time highs in the 70’s, nights in the low 30’s. No precipitation. Harvest is in a pause due to wet corn, should get started again in about a week.

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The hay crop in Montana is literally under water.

Ken Musselman: There’s too much rain in North Central Montana. It’s too wet to pick up hay bales, spray fallow ground, or pick up rocks.

Gary Campbell: Harvest is progressing quickly in Michigan and Ohio, with highly variable yields caused by the dry summer. Edible bean harvest has been a challenge in Wisconsin, with spotty showers plus warm temps keeping plants (and weeds) green and moist. A farmer in Southeast Minnesota reports good yields despite the excessive rains & flooding in September.

Ray Roettger: It’s sunny and in the high 60’s in Northern Indiana, however it looks like rain tomorrow. In Southern Indiana, the temperature got up in the high 80’s. There was a light shower this morning, but harvest is moving along great.

Eric Johnston: Harvest is progressing rapidly here in Northern Illinois. With ideal weather the past few days, a lot of beans have been harvested. It’s been a bit of a struggle, for some guys, though, because of wind damage. Looks like we are set for nice weather to continue this week.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

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Weather Wednesday 10/12/16

It’s been pretty good harvest weather around here this past week. The weekend was absolutely beautiful. Sunny with a light breeze; blue skies. What the hubby calls a perfect fall day! Especially for picking corn!

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Eric Johnston: Around North Central Illinois we received around an inch of rain last Thursday that kept guys out of the fields for a few days but its been full steam ahead with harvest since then. The temps have been in the high 60’s to 70 degrees during the day to 40 to 50 degrees during the night.

Ken Musselman: Several days of fair weather has allowed for corn and soybean harvest to progress over large areas of Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. Dry edible bean harvest has been a challenge for many due to narrow harvest windows. Late season growth due to excessive late summer rains has caused additional challenges due to immature green beans being on the same plant as dry beans.

Gary Campbell: Drier weather for the past week has enabled harvest to get rolling in Central Wisconsin, Michigan and Northern Ohio. In the areas that were deluged with water in September, a more normal October has helped hay and corn silage get wrapped up with grain harvest just beginning. Hopefully a few showers this week won’t slow things down too much!

Mike Wyatt: Temperatures in Nebraska are in the low 60’s during the day, nights are in the low 30’s and upper 20’s. Occasional rain showers, not much to measure. Irrigated corn is starting to be harvested, no yield reports at this time.

Ray Roettger: In Southern  Indiana, the highs have been in the low 80’s and dry; great harvest weather. In Northern Indiana, the highs have been in the upper 70’s and dry allowing harvest to move ahead at a good pace. New York is mostly dry and cool with highs in the upper 60’s to low 70’s.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

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Weather Wednesday 10/5/16

Harvest has been rolling along pretty smooth these last few days. The weekend was a bit wet and drizzly, but not quite enough rain to totally stop some guys. There’s some rain in the forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow, which could slow some guys so we’ll see what happens.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: Fall weather, what can I say. Day time temps around 70, nights down to the low thirties. Tonight will get down to 32 due to a front moving through. No rainfall as of yet, it did rain to the east of us about 50 miles. The wheat emergence is spotty due to the lack of moisture. Seven day forecast is more of the same in Nebraska.

Ray Roettger: The weather in Southern Indiana is great for harvest – adequate moisture  and plenty of sunshine. Northern Indiana is wet, a lot of rainy days in a row. Better days are on the way. Harvest will soon resume.

Tom Adams: Temps have been very mild in New York. Not much rain, though that may change this weekend. We have had two light frosts, but it didn’t kill anything. A lot of 3rd & 4th cutting being put up. Corn chopping is well under way, although in some areas the corn is still quite green. Leaves are turning color. All in all we have had a real nice beginning of fall season.

Gary Campbell: Drier weather this past week has allowed harvest to get started in Wisconsin and Michigan, although rain this week may slow things down. The forecast in the Wausau area calls for low temps in the 30’s next weekend, so frost is a concern where the crop is still maturing. Growers in Northwest Ohio say the corn yields are down due to dry conditions most of the summer.

Ken Musselman: A new round of overnight rain showers in Iowa has delayed harvest again. Some areas in North Central Iowa have not dried out enough from rains last week to resume harvest. Locally (in Bureau County, Illinois), a lot of corn has been harvested and some soybeans were harvested yesterday.

Eric Johnston: Harvest is in full steam ahead mode here in North Central Illinois. A lot of corn has been picked. The weather has been decent for harvest the past week. I know some farmers who would’ve liked to have been picking beans, but they’ve been tough to get because it’s been too humid and overcast most of the time. There is a chance of rain today so we’ll see how much moisture we get.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

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Easy harvest meal: chicken jalapeno popper pasta

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for easy, nutritious recipes, especially at harvest and planting time. Just the other night, I hit the jackpot. Chicken jalapeño popper pasta. Even my farmer loved it. Bonus for all you farm wives out there, I made this a week ahead and froze it until we needed it, AND I was able to use up some of my garden-fresh jalapeños. So easy and so delicious!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound cellentani pasta, cooked
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup bacon, crumbled
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapenos
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 2.5 cups cooked and chopped chicken

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray 9X13 baking pan with cooking spray
  • In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese, bacon, 1 cup cheddar cheese and jalapeños. Mix well.
  • Stir in cream and half and half.
  • Add pasta and mix well.
  • Stir in chicken.
  • Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • Spread bread crumbs over pasta (optional).
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Hope you all are having safe harvest season!

 

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Weather Wednesday 9/28/16

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in north central Illinois. Harvest is still rolling along. Folks seem to be making good progress and with little to no rain in the 7-day forecast, odds are pretty good, they’ll get a lot done through the weekend.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: Fall weather is upon us. Day time high’s of eighty degrees, night’s drop down to low thirties. We have had no precipitation and none in the forecast for the next seven days. Good harvest weather in Nebraska!

Ken Musselman: There is a fair amount harvested in Iowa, however, there are some delays as the rains ranged from .5-16 inches last week. There’s lots of variability in soil conditions, but I have heard there are a lot of 70-80 bushel beans.

Gary Campbell: Heavy rain and flooding for the last month has made corn silage and hay cutting a real struggle for many in Western Wisconsin. Edible bean growers are waiting for fields to dry to begin harvest.

Ray Roettger: We just got some rain in Southern Indiana, which has been good for late beans.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest!

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Harvest is underway

This picture.

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This picture illuminates everything I love about fall. My farmer. My dog. Fresh picked butternut squash. Corn ready to be picked. Crisp weather. I could go on, but I won’t bore you with every single little detail we love about fall 😉

In a perfect world, this picture is what every farm family looks like the night before harvest. One last family dinner followed by some time of just being together before all the craziness starts. This picture illuminates the excitement of another bountiful crop. I mean even Molly (our dog) is smiling!

And so it begins. Harvest 2016.

From our farm family to yours, we wish you a very safe and bountiful harvest season!

 

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Counting our blessings

As we speed towards Thanksgiving at 80 mph, it’s easy to lose sight of the important things in life. Things like deadlines and all that is wrong in the world fog our minds as we race to the next commitment on our to-do list. After that, we start fretting about coordinating family Thanksgiving – who’s coming, who’s making what, etc. But you know what, in the big picture, it doesn’t really matter because today we are blessed. Truly blessed.

We have a family who loves us through anything, friends who know when you need a heaping pile of cheesy fries, and farmers who produced that heaping pile of cheesy fries. So as we speed towards another Thanksgiving, lets all count our blessings instead of comparing apples to apples. I bet you’ll have a much more enjoyable day!

And what’s a Thanksgiving post without some of our favorite recipes? I mean talk about getting in the spirit! What do you do with all your leftover turkey? Make turkey pie of course!

Turkey Pie

Turkey Pie

Turkey Pie

INGREDIENTS
For the crust
– 5 c flour
– 2 c shortening
– 2 tsp salt
– 1 c water
For the pie
– 3 c cooked turkey, diced small
– 1 big can and 1 small can of chicken broth about 60 oz or more to make into gravy
– 4 c carrots, cooked
– 2 can peas, heated
– Potatoes diced and/or celery diced optional (cooked)
– Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
For the crust: Mix shortening, flour, and salt until crumbly. Add water using mixer with dough beaters. Roll out for 9 x 13 pan on floured board, put in bottom of pan. Any extra dough store in ziplock in refrigerator. Good for a few days or make into a pie for dessert.
For the pie: Put ingredients evenly spread out not the crust that is on bottom of the baking dish. Heat and thickness the chicken broth to gravy consistency with flour. Pour over ingredients. Put on top crust adhere sides and corners to the bottom crust with a little water if necessary. Cut several small slits in top of crust to prevent dough from bubbling up. Sprinkle top crust with salt, pepper, and onion salt. Bake at 350 until crust is done.

And one more for all you sweet-tooths out there. Caramel-Coconut Pie comes highly recommended.

Caramel-Coconut Pie

INGREDIENTS
– 1/4 c butter or margarine
– 1 (7 oz) package flaked coconut
– 1/2 c chopped pecans
– 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
– 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
– 1 (16 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
– 2 baked 9-in pie crusts
– 1 (12 oz) jar caramel ice cream topping

Caramel-Coconut Pie

Caramel-Coconut Pie

DIRECTIONS
Melt butter in large skillet. Add coconut and 1/2 c pecans; cook until golden, stirring frequently. Set mixture aside and let cool slightly. Combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Layer 1/4 of cream cheese mixture in each pastry shell. Drizzle 1/4 of caramel topping over each pie. Sprinkle 1/4 coconut mixture evenly over each pie. Repeat layers with remaining cream cheese mixture, caramel topping, and coconut mixture. Cover and freeze pies at least 8 hours. Let frozen pies stand at room temperature 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with pecan halves, if desired.

So what’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Leave it in the comments!

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