Just another nasty week in our area. Guys are finally getting their second application of nitrogen on wheat. Some Harmony got sprayed in the mud. As I write this, it is 33 degrees and very wet. Wheat is turning yellow from too much water. It’s not looking like we will get to the fields in May right now.

Not much going on around here. Insurance companies are going to kill some wheat fields because of such bad stands. Mine is one of them. They froze out and got too much water. I have 100 acres, and I’m going to kill three-fourths of it. My cousin is going to lose about half of his. Other people are tearing up wheat; the insurance company said some would make only 15 to 16 bushels. There isn’t any field work going on. We can’t even get the Harmony sprayed. It’s all wait and see right now.

Ritter farms near Olney in Richland County. He grows corn, soybeans and some wheat. He also operates a small fertilizer and chemical business that he started with his parents in 1978. It is one of the few remaining independent farm input companies in the region.

Weather is the main topic of conversation. Everybody is about done. They just need a couple of clear days, and we haven’t been getting that. We haven’t had any good drying days. We’re about 90 percent done. We’re looking to shell a couple hundred acres today (Monday, Nov. 12).

It’s been wet and foggy. The weather has slowed us down. We were down for four days, and it’s starting to frustrate us. We were close to being done. We just need a few days. We are probably 99 percent done with corn and 90 percent done with soybeans. Looking at the weather, I think it’s going to dry out. We may be able to wrap things up by the weekend (Nov. 11).

We’re finally resuming bean harvest. We just about have the corn harvest wrapped up. We had a little bit of bean lodging, with plants lying down, but yields are still holding. We had a rain delay this weekend, and there was supposed to be some early this week, but if we could miss this rain, we could be all but done by the end of the week.

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