Well, 2019 has been one heck of a challenging year to say the least, starting out with a lot of field work to do and very little time to do it due to the extended winter. Finally, we got in the fields and then it started raining and pushed back over half of the planting until June. Then the rains shut off leaving our plants — with poor roots from planting in less than ideal conditions — with limited nutrient uptake. The delayed planting made for a late harvest with wet grain. To top it o…

Well, it is another week of dodging weather. There have been a lot of guys getting within a couple days of getting all harvested, but there have been a few get all done. This week is going to be wet and slow things down. At least it has warmed up some. The late-planted corn is still wet and there is still propane availability issues, and the beans that are still in the fields are wet.

Still harvesting, or at least trying to. 2019 is still making it difficult! Well, and to top all this off, LP allocation. So not only has this year’s crop been difficult to put in and take out, but now we have to dance around the LP allocation that allows us to dry it. Seems like a controllable issue that is probably getting someone rich somewhere that is not involved in ag production.

It’s been another week of wet weather. This week is supposed to be fairly clear but cold. Hopefully a lot of beans will be able to be cut. The soil has definitely cooled down, so frozen ground will happen sooner than later if we continue this weather pattern.

All is about the same this week. A lot of crops are coming out of the field with threat of snow and rain. The yields are still all over the board. A lot of NH3 and fertilizer is being applied. The corn is actually drying down in the fields better than expected, but still currently needing to be dried. Beans are beans — always a struggle, never know what we are going to get, tough cutting mostly due to the short days and weather, or still wet because they were planted in June sometime.

A lot of fields got harvested this week, especially soybeans. Some NH3 has been applied already. We are getting a little rain now, so that will allow everyone to start getting corn hauled out to make room for more. Hopefully we can continue on with harvest at this speed so everyone can get more field work done than last year.

Well, finally some weather that is letting us get some crops out of the fields. It’s also been a good drying week — some wind and sun with a little heat has helped a lot. The ground conditions are getting better with every day we don’t have rain. The Mississippi River is still high, causing grain transportation issues. The early-planted crops are still being harvested and yields are fair to good for the growing conditions. The later-planted crops have yet to be harvested, but we have had…

More combines are starting to roll. Hopefully the beans will be able to be cut this week and next. The rains are slowing down, but the days are also shorter and not drying out like they have been. My advice is to go after the beans — cutting beans in November is no fun. Peck away at the beans and then hit the corn full blast after that. There continues to be stalk rot issues popping up in corn, and we need to be watching those fields as well. The cover crops that have been flown on are c…

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