Trent Brandenburg wants more cold weather to freeze the soil deeper and kill more overwintering insects. “We are having too many 40-degree days,” he observed. Trent noted, “Not much grain is moving,” due to lower market pricing. “Eventually, the owner has to be the seller,” Trent said, meaning grain being held by growers will come on to the market eventually.
Except for a few days of bitter cold, January has been relatively warm and wet. Measurable rainfall most days will eventually move through the frost layer and recharge the subsoil. The Illinois subsoil moisture measurements at Champaign at the 4-inch, 12-inch, and 20-inch levels have all returned to their highs of last Spring’s rainy spell from the serious drought conditions of August and September 2023.