“We need rain,” Trent Says

Published On: June 27, 2023

Near-record dryness in central Illinois is about to take a toll on the corn crop. April 2023 and May 2023 together were among the driest months since records have been kept. Quincy had 3.01 inches from April 1 to May 31, 2023, the third-lowest total on record. Champaign, Illinois, had its ninth driest two months on record.

The old farmer’s saying that “it always rains five minuted before it’s too late” is holding out hope for some rain this coming weekend, “just a few tenths,” Trent said. “It will take inches of rain to get us out of this drouth,” he concluded. Some of Trent’s corn is a week away from tasseling, so he needs rain for pollination to be successful.

Weather irony has been evident in central Illinois. Christian County had an 8-inch rain in one location, making May 2023 there the wettest in 40 years. Unfortunately, Trent doesn’t farm there.

More from The Field Report

Not Much Field Work This Week

April 29, 2024|

Trent Brandenburg does not plan on much fieldwork for this week, starting April 29, 2024. The huge squall line that extended from Texas to Green Bay, Wisconsin, over this past weekend, was far enough west to spare central Illinois from [...]

Machinery and Tile Repairs While Awaiting Warmer Weather

March 19, 2024|

Trent Brandenburg is enjoying the first day of Spring finishing up some machinery repairs. His fieldwork right now involves fixing broken field tiles and clearing waterways to ensure good drainage during the crop year. Trent has not started serious field [...]

Need More Cold Weather, Warmer Markets

January 31, 2024|

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 [...]