This has been a very challenging year to farm around here. It feels really good to be finished with the 2019 harvest! Many of our neighbors are not finished yet, but are getting close. Our corn yields were above average with our early planting, while our full-crop beans and our double-crop beans were below average for this area. Our winter wheat has really been burned back from that extra cold weather we had a couple of weeks ago. Hoping that the weather cooperates for everyone to finish…

We got 1.5 inches of snow this past week and some very cold temperatures, like many of the rest of you. There are some farmers in the area trying to harvest beans and corn the last couple of days. The crops are not drying, and most of the fields are pretty muddy. We are hoping to finish our 80 acres of double-crop beans this week. The cold weather has started to bring a large number of snow geese. They like to come down to this area and eat the wheat in our fields during the winter. Alon…

We had 0.4 inches of rain over three days this week. There are a few farmers that have completed this year's harvest, but most everyone around the area has some crops still in the fields. We have fewer than 100 acres of double-crop beans to go as of the evening of Nov. 10. We have had some combine issues the last couple of days, or we might have been finished. The scenery is changing, with hundreds of thousands of grackle black birds showing up in the area, filling the air and making fie…

We had 0.6 inches of rain this past week, with 7.10 inches for the month of October. We got back in the fields today (Nov. 3) to combine some more double-crop beans. Some in the area got some corn out this past Friday and Saturday, though. It was good to get back in the combine after being out almost a week from the rain. There are quite a few crops still in the fields. Most of the wheat fields are looking nice and green, with a few fields just coming up.

We got 4.1 inches of rain this week. On Oct. 26 we got 3.75 inches; amounts around this area ranged from 3 to 5 inches. Harvest will be on hold for a while. There are still full-crop beans and corn to be harvested, but a lot of the fields are finished. We got some double-crop beans cut, but most in the area still have most of their double-crop beans to harvest yet. The early wheat is getting green across the fields now, but there is a lot of wheat that is still not up. We are all looking…

This was another dry week — no rain at all. The frost we had last week has killed most of the beans around here. We have cut some double-crop beans, but most of them need a few more dry days to be really ready to go. Our double-crop yields are not that good this year. Most of the corn around here is out of the field or close to being out now. A lot of the beans are also in the bins around here. With that being the case, farmers are getting lime spread and fall fertilizer taken care of wh…

We got 2.4 inches of rain this week, the most at one time since early June. It had been really dry around here before that rain came. We finished our corn and full-crop beans this past week. Some double-crop beans are almost ready to harvest. Most of our neighbors are getting their corn out, and some beans are coming out too. We finished sowing our wheat this past week also; it is always nice to see the green rows of wheat as they begin coming up. The rain will sure help with that.

On Oct. 6 got a little sprinkle in the afternoon. It has been another warm, dry week. Lots of harvesting is going on down this way. We are almost done harvesting our corn and full-crop beans. In this area corn is running from 150 to 200 bu./acre, while the beans are making only in the 40s and 50s. I've been sowing wheat all week in the dust and watching lots of whirlwinds as they go through the fields. It is such a blessing to be able to have this kind of dry weather to harvest.

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