Adam Magsig

Adam Magsig loads corn into a grain cart on his farm, which straddles Franklin and Hamilton counties. He got an early start this year, harvesting the first corn in late August.

MACEDONIA, Ill. — Adam Magsig got an early start on harvest this year. He started shelling corn in one field Aug. 30 and cut some soybeans a few days later.

“This is early,” he said. “I got corn planted around the middle of April. Then, the hot, dry summer sped things up.”

Magsig farms around the Franklin-Hamilton county line. Early returns for the Southeast Illinois farmer were mixed.

“This corn seems to be OK. The soybeans weren’t as good,” Magsig said. “Evidently, that dry spell we had hurt them. We turned off dry here right about the time we started cutting wheat. We ran almost to August before we got any decent rain.”

While the initial soybean yield wasn’t impressive, he expected his other fields — that got timelier rains — to do well.

“Luckily, I didn’t have a lot of acres of early beans,” Magsig said. “… I have 70 acres of double-crop beans. It showered on some of them while I was planting, then we’d get little two-eighths inches.”

Nat Williams is Southern Illinois field editor, writing for Illinois Farmer Today, Iowa Farmer Today and Missouri Farmer Today.