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Tiling, dirt work and strip tilling all going on while conditions are great this week. We should be more prepared for spring than we have been in several years. Cover crops are up and growing well also. Subsoil seems to be very dry while doing some tiling. It will take some good rains to fill up the reserves, but that’s not usually an issue before spring. Cattle have been battling sickness still a bit. Looking for more consistent weather to help them maintain.

A little more of a fall feel to this past weekend sandwiched between some really nice weather. Another warm, dry week ahead will allow more tillage, anhydrous and fertilizer applications to continue. We are planning on strip tilling our bean stubble this week with dry fertilizer and 120 pounds of anhydrous to set us up to plant into next spring. It will be nice to get it done and be ready to plant into in 2021. We have some tile to install and some manure to spread on a few fields also.

There is more going on the past 10 days than so far this fall. There are tractors in almost every field and semis with anhydrous tankers are going up and down the roads constantly. Even if we do get some rain early next week, it is dry enough for this great run to continue. I’m hearing that some dry fertilizer could maybe start to get tight for a short period since there is so much going on. Cover crops are emerging that were put in and should get well established with this heat

Another great week of weather ahead this week. More tillage, tiling and quite a bit of anhydrous has started. Lots of growers talking about areas in fields/whole fields that need tillage to fix compaction from even two years ago. We haven’t had the freeze/thaw to help fix some of those issues. The basis has drastically changed for the worse last week. I’ve been hearing barge freights have risen significantly. Cash prices are still good considering where we’ve been earlier in the year and…

Harvest has almost wrapped up. We had our first snow flurries this morning, but it has been cloudy and damp for the past several days. Quite a bit of tillage has been done in the past few weeks, but we did get 2 inches of rain that will slow down progress on that front. We did more cover crops than the last several years as well. We are experimenting with some different combinations in front of corn as well. Hopefully they will get up and get established soon. The focus is changing to pl…

Harvest is still cruising along with no real weather interruptions. Yields have been more variable than ever before. Soil types are a larger component of yield, with a wider variance than we have seen in several years. Plant integrity continues to be a problem in several corn fields. We missed the rain and snow and just received a little bit of drizzle. It’s pretty crazy to think how far along we are now for as far behind in GDUs we were in late June, early July.

The beans should be mostly in the bins by the end of the week for the majority of our area. They are too dry with the great weather we’ve had for the month of October. I’m hearing corn is finally drying down in the field as well. Yields are extremely variable, but most producers are satisfied with the results. It seems like there have been more cover crops seeded this fall, but maybe that’s due to the heat and time we’ve had to get them applied. Fall calving has been super nice with this…

Several small showers throughout last week, but not enough to slow the harvest pace. There has been a lot of switching back and forth between beans and corn. Most corn is still just under 20% moisture, but beans were 11% before the showers on Saturday. Bean and corn yields in the southeast part of the county have been tougher with all the unruly weather throughout the growing season in that area. We have also been able to get some cover crops drilled while we still have some heat coming …