2019 has been one unlike any other. Spring started out with ridiculous amounts of rain, pushing planting back into as late as June. It was a nonstop year going from planting to spraying to sidedressing nitrogen to fungicides applications. Jumping into harvest, we saw some of the same things as in spring ... more rain! But things straightened out and farmers were able to roll. We are very fortunate having such great elevators in our area always willing to stay open late to help all of us …

For most area farmers, harvest is starting to wrap up. With some more rain overnight, Sunday into Monday, this will keep those out for a day or two. Farmers have been working hard getting ground worked, anhydrous put on, and fertilizer and lime applied. We all are trying to stay on top of things and get them done with a shortened window for after harvest. As always, stay safe.

As many continued harvest this past week, it was a slow process as lines were long at elevators due to others being closed or on limited hours because they couldn’t keep up with drying the wet corn. As the week starts out we are hit with a snow storm. This will slow us down but hopefully help the elevators be able to catch up now. As always, stay safe.

Crazy weather week here in Central Illinois. We went from mid 50s and rain to low 30s and 3 inches of snow. This set us back a few days for sure. Things are getting back to normal now and farmers are getting back in the fields. Several farmers have the end in sight and some still have a long ways to go. Farmers are still trying to get fertilizers and lime down while continuing fall tillage. As always, be safe!

Another great week of harvest followed by some rain over the weekend. Forecast shows we may receive more rain here the first few days of the week. They are even talking chance of snow. Not exactly what we are wanting to hear while we’re still harvesting. We had strong winds several days over the past week, and stalk quality is still good because corn wasn’t blown over. We had 25 mph winds with gusts up to 35 mph. Good week for beans. A lot of guys getting them out whenever they have a ch…

Some farmers are getting close to done with their soybean harvest. The corn is drying down more. We had some rain come through so it will set us all back a day or so. Some soil testing is going on now and fall tillage. At our farm, we had the privilege of sharing harvest with about 30 people in a local McLean County Chamber of Commerce young leaders group who are new to the farm environment. We talked about what goes on at a farm operation and showed them the process of getting the crops…

We received some rain at the end of last week but it didn’t keep farmers out of the fields too long. The majority of farmers are in full swing now. With it being this late in the year, already several farmers aren’t wasting any time after the crop is out to get the fertilizers and lime down to get things worked. Everyone just trying to stay ahead as much as possible. As always, stay safe out there.

A lot of combines started rolling last week. Corn is still 22% to 30%; the yields are all over the board in the field. After talking to some neighbors they are seeing a range from 125 to 240 bu./acre in the same field. Some of the April-planted beans have been combined in this area and they were running about 13%, but I have not yet heard any yields. We started this week out a little wet from a bit of rain over the weekend but it looks sunny for a few days ahead so we can keep rolling. S…

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