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The past couple of weeks have been wet in the area, keeping most people out of the fields. There were only a few days suitable to get out there and get anything accomplished. The wet conditions allowed us to take an extended weekend to drive down to Chapel Hill, Tennessee, and back for my cousin’s wedding.

We only received 0.2” of rain at my house in the last week. Finally got the combine back and continued picking corn. Corn yields have been 10 to 15 bushels lower than we expected so far this year. We finished up one field that the wind had blown down the corn in some parts of the field and leaning in most of the field. It was definitely slow going. I think we probably have one more field that might be down in parts of the field.

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A week ago, I was overwhelmed with the extremely nice weather and trying to recover from a week of contest prep. I’m not sure what takes more of a toll on a person: getting ready for a large event, or tearing everything down? I spent all of Monday sorting through results from the corn husking contest and contacting the top three of each class and I talked to over 80 people to see if they were interested in attending nationals. After a week of exhaustion, it was Tuesday. It was time to return to work.

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Another week has passed and here I sit deciding whether I really accomplished anything this week. We had another good week of harvest. Started the week off with rain, for which we are thankful. The guys have been very busy with some repair work and with rebuilding a tillage tool. That project turned out to be bigger than expected, but also easier than expected.

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We got rain, 1.4 inches on Thursday night and most of Friday. What a welcome relief. It knocked us out of the field for the weekend, but we were ready for a rest. Mark even took a three-hour nap on Saturday afternoon. He is that tired. Plus he got a flu shot, his second shingle shot and a tetanus shot on Friday. It literally wiped him out, but he’s protected for the flu, shingles and cuts.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director William J Graff has announced that Alexander, Pulaski and Union counties are accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from 2019 spring flooding.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Farmers across the U.S. and Canada can access advanced technology for marketing their grain more effectively and improving profitability when STRATUM, a new, first-of-its-kind digital platform, is introduced by GrainBridge in the first quarter of 2020.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Company continues its mission to support youth in their local communities by launching its Fall Paper Clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser in partnership with National 4-H Council to provide scholarships for 4-H members.