The year started out like a normal year if you were a person who planted early, but you had to be quick. Because rain came and it seemed as if it wouldn't stop. It just kept coming week after week until before you knew it we were approaching June. That's when all the prevent plant talk really took place. Then it started drying up and farmers got started planting corn and beans, though they planted late. The planting continued until the middle of July and everyone knew that all those late…

This past week was a pretty good week for harvesting. A lot of corn and soybeans were put in the bin and elevator. My area is getting down to the short hairs of our harvest season, with some corn left but mostly double-crop soybeans and bottoms soybeans that were planted in the middle of July. I have just come in from a drive to Mattoon and there is a lot of corn just harvested and a lot still standing. I want people to remember that this weekend is shotgun deer season and all the bucks …

Well, we finally finished up with our harvest in the rain, cutting double-crop beans this past Thursday (Nov. 7). There are still plenty of crops left in the fields in our area with the corn not getting dry and the lack of sunshine to help with beans drying out. I can hear the shivers running still drying corn that was shelled last week. The weather for the week of Nov. 11 doesn't look very helpful for harvest, with lows getting down to 14 degrees in my area with rain and snow in the for…

Last week was a slow week due to the rain. Not a lot of harvesting getting done until the end of the week, with corn being the front runner due to lack of sunshine until Saturday. Soybeans finally got some help with the sunlight and were going on Sunday with not too much moisture dock. Now we have to fight the shorter days with the time change — personally I wish they would keep it where it was. Some farmers are starting to get done, but not a lot due to the late spring. I would say a lo…

Last week we got a lot of crops out of the field. The corn is still running high, with moisture levels in the 19% to 23% area. Soybeans are leaving the field at a high pace as long as the weather lets us. Wheat is starting to look good in the area. It’s going to be a long week this week with the weather report as is predicted. Went to Lambert's (in Sikeston, Mo.) Sunday, and west of me not far there is a lot of crops not harvested. I would say more in fields than not. I hope they get som…

This past week was a very productive week for harvest in our area. First-crop soybeans are disappearing at a fast pace and corn has really picked up, but the moisture has not come down as of late, so if you don't have a dryer it is slow going. Wheat is coming up and starting to look much better. But as I write this we are getting a pretty good rain, so I don't know how long we will be out of the field. I hope everyone is getting along with harvest safely until next week.

After receiving 1.6 inches of rain here Friday, and 3.4 inches north of us which we get downstream, a day later we are going back to the field today. We are done with our first-crop beans and waiting on double-crop to get ready. We have shelled corn this past week, but the dryer doesn't like this 24% corn very well. So far I am surprised at my corn yield. It is better than I thought it would be, and I think that is what everyone I have talked to has said also. It is the early corn though…

Our harvest started last week on soybeans and we finished all first-planted soybeans on Saturday. The yields were all over the place. My beans were better than I thought they would be, on both sides of 50, but I also cut mid 20s in other areas of the county. Just started to open up a cornfield Saturday night and got rained out. So far it looks to be better than I thought, but we haven't shelled enough to get a good test yet. Was running around 19% moisture, which was drier than I thought…

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