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We got the silage chopped and hay baled last week and have moved on to the next projects. We plan to haul manure on the silage ground and then plant rye for next year's forage. I'm hauling lime today and a few other days this week. Our tentative harvest plan is to start next week. I have some beans that are getting really close and my dad has some short-season corn he wants to try if beans won't cut. With this beautiful weather and a nice pre-harvest rally, everyone is in a good mood. Ha…

Hello from central Illinois! We finally have a decent forecast and hope to be able to get back to hay making and chop silage. We had to put those projects on hold last week as it rained. Lots of beans are moving right along in our area and we should be able to start cutting around Sept. 25. However, with the cooler weather everything is turning slowly. Thankfully the market has come back to give us a shot at a profit. Our crops look decent and we're expecting some big bean yields. I hope…

Hello from Central Illinois. The weather has cooled off and the days are getting shorter. Hay-making is a challenge this week even without rain. We are very wet in the morning and have some foggy days until 8 or 9 a.m. That said, the tonnage from the final cutting has been excellent thanks to the late-season rains which should also increase soybean yields. Labor Day always signals the end of summer around here as harvest approaches. Our crops are not progressing quite as quickly as I exp…

As I type this it's a nice cool Monday morning and they are calling for rains tonight through tomorrow which is putting hay making on hold. We're still doing other projects and moving machinery around getting ready for harvest. Lots of beans in the area have that "off green" look as they are starting to turn. Any day now I am expecting to see or hear of the custom silage guys coming into our neck of the woods. Corn maturity is all over the place, and I'm sure they are moving around a lit…

We are warm and humid. Looking at a warm and dry forecast should bring the crop along nicely. I am hearing reports of dry weather, but we are still mowing yards once a week. However, I expect that to taper off if the dry trend continues. This next week we'll probably cut the last of the hay and do some more machinery work. I haven't even looked at any bins yet so I wouldn't be surprised if I don't have a project show up there. It's been over a month since we weaned calves and it's about …

Hello from central Illinois. We received a nice 0.8 inches of rain Saturday which should help the soybeans to the finish line. The earliest beans are starting to get that "off color" which means yellow leaves aren't far away. I'm really looking forward to getting an early start on harvest and being able to do all the beans and let the corn dry down some in the field. We're doing some odd jobs and projects each week and tinkering with machinery getting ready for harvest. We still have bot…

Hello from central Illinois. We are looking lush and green with a chance of rain all week. I'm getting ready to mow roads and should be able to look out over the crops to see what kind of holes there are from earlier damage this spring, but from the road, crops look good. We got the hay baled last week and some calves sorted again to keep for next year. From what I can tell we will have an earlier harvest then last year with some April planted beans approaching R5 right now. Starting in …

Hello from central Illinois. We are fairly wet right now with a beautiful week in the forecast. It's that time of year when we start to focus more towards fall and getting ready for harvest. The combine has been gone through and I plan to go over the grain cart today and the semi later this week. I have to help at our local county fair later this week for a very small and socially distant 4-H show. I'm not sure how it will be received by the kids and parents but I think everyone will be …