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Ground Work 2021:Illinois Harvest Just Underway

Daryl Cates|Sep 20, 2021

We had hot, dry weather the last two weeks of August, in my area along the Mississippi River in the heart of the U.S. Midwest.…

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Ground Work 2021:Protecting Soybean Yield and Quality in Illinois

Daryl Cates|Aug 20, 2021

This season continues to change constantly. In my area along the Mississippi River in the heart of the U.S. Midwest, we’ve had very dry conditions,…

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Ground Work 2021:Harvest and Fieldwork Finished in Illinois

Daryl Cates|Nov 18, 2021

I am finished with fieldwork for 2021. Yield-wise, this has been the best overall year in my 40-plus-year farming career. However, it has held plenty…

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Ground Work 2021:Harvesting Soybeans in Illinois

Daryl Cates|Oct 25, 2021

Wet weather has slowed down harvest and other fall fieldwork in my area along the Mississippi River in the heart of the U.S. Midwest. As…

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Ground Work 2021:Mississippi River Levels, Rain Impact Illinois Soybeans

Daryl Cates|Jul 21, 2021

What a difference a week makes. During the week of June 21, the Mississippi River dropped as low as 3 m, or 10 feet, and…

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Ground Work 2021:Controlling Weeds in Illinois

Daryl Cates|Jun 24, 2021

After rain delays through much of May, I finished planting soybeans on June 5. I am still amazed at how quickly we can get caught…

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Ground Work 2021:Planting Delays in Illinois

Daryl Cates|May 26, 2021

After a good start to planting, rains at the end of April and the beginning of May interrupted us and kept us out of the…

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Ground Work 2021:Illinois Planting Underway

Daryl Cates|Apr 26, 2021

Mid-April brought spring rains and below average temperatures to my area along the Mississippi River, in the heart of the United States midwest. The Mississippi…

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Ground Work 2021:Monitoring Mississippi River Levels in Illinois

Daryl Cates|Mar 26, 2021

Illinois farmer Daryl Cates monitors Mississippi River levels and crop prices as he prepares for the 2021 planting season. His Ground Work 2021 update describes…