Rain, rain and more rain. During the past couple of weeks many are trying to decide how to take off corn silage. Many of our local farms are putting on their Facebook pages warnings and apologies to the communities because we’re going to be making the roads slippery and a mess. But we are chasing behind cleaning them up. Many neighbors are searching for extra tractors and dump carts to take the crop off. This past week here the 4.5 inches of rain in 48 hours was not needed. Our corn at our farm is a good solid two weeks out before we will even consider chopping; it’s still lush-green.

Soybeans have been changing color and loosing leaves, so we’re a couple of weeks out from starting to harvest them. That of course depends on Mother Nature. Many farms are going to see a bit of a struggle this year harvesting if wet conditions stay for the fall. Many hybrids of beans this year podded tight to the ground. So I’m sure that’s going to help everyone’s yields this year in addition to planting them late.

Josh Kroeplien of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, farms 800 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa in Sheboygan County. He milks 550 cows. He is a custom-operator, doing field work for customers on an additional 5,000 acres and has a woodworking business called Josh’s Woodworks. He’s also a seed dealer.