GRANVILLE, Ill. — Weather is always a big part of harvest timing. This year has been no exception.
Frank and Bill Bruer didn’t start cutting soybeans on their Putnam County farm in Northwest Illinois until Oct. 9, a little later than usual.
They were waiting, like many, for a rain so the moisture in the soybeans would be a little higher and improve test weight. It was anywhere between 7 and 12 percent in the first field they tried after a rainfall a few days earlier.
It’s an odd year with green stems and green pods containing dry beans within, Frank said. He takes time off from his full-time job at Ottawa Plant Food to help his dad with harvest. This year the starting date was a little later, but it still looks like yields will be good.
“The beans seem to be doing well,” he said.
Starting with beans is typical practice for the Bruers. They usually cut beans first and switch to corn when the time is right.
Although there were a few weeds in the field this year, Frank is pleased with the weed control in general.
“Two years ago, this field was a mess. We switched to Liberty beans and it worked,” he said.
They were expecting a small pause after the first day of harvest with rain predicted Oct. 10 for much of the state.