We thought our bean crop would be better, and it turned out to be average. The corn crop was the highest average we’ve ever grown by about 15 bushels to the acre. The growing season for corn was pretty good for us, aside from the hiccup in August when we got dry. We had ideal planting conditions early on. As we got into late May early June, we got a little bit dry. The corn rolled a little bit, protecting itself, but in my mind it made for better root development. The beans looked phenom…

It got cold. We wrapped up harvest, and talking with a lot of people, it's all kind of winding down now. There's some anhydrous going on, but up north of us it’s too cold and the ground is too hard now. There might be a limited number of fields that get done this fall. Even the later cover crops we seeded, I was pleased to see it had some growth to it.

We had about an inch of snow. We finished up on Wednesday (Nov. 7). The snow came Thursday night and Friday morning and it shut everyone down for a couple of days. There are still some isolated beans here and there — driving around you see some. For the most part the beans are all done, and the corn I figure is 20 percent left in the field. We’ll start seeing everybody finishing up here this week.

We got washed out. We had a good run last week and got it whittled down to about the last 35 acres to go on Saturday afternoon, and it started raining. We got about an inch and a half on Saturday, Sunday, so field work is on hold. There were some anhydrous tanks starting to go out on the weekend, so guys are thinking about that. The corn we have left seems to be standing really good, and yields are doing really well. We’ll be thankful for that and wait for dryer weather.

We are picking corn. We are getting on the downhill slide, which is nice. Most of the beans are out now and I think around here there are a lot of guys getting wrapped up. We’ve had a few little rain showers, but they were light. That kept us out of the field a little bit, but I think we ran all week. It gets to be a blur after a while. There is some tillage work being done, and we have all of our cover crops on now finally.

A lot of guys got back into beans on Thursday (Oct. 18). There was a little mist that was tough on Friday, but we’ve been able to put together a pretty good string of days to get some harvesting done. Today’s dilemma is damage in the soybeans. We found out our one local elevator is rejecting any damage over 5 percent. There’s not enough good beans to blend it all out.

We might combine Tuesday (Oct. 16). We were rained out for about a week and a half and got about 6 inches total during that week. We combined just a little bit on Sunday evening (Oct. 14), but then we got a little rain overnight and it was too muddy. The corn we combined wasn’t any worse for wear. My beans don’t look too awful bad as far as quality. We spent a lot more time trying to do odd jobs to stay busy.

It’s wet. It’s really wet. We had about two and a half days of combining last week, and since then it’s done nothing but rain. I think we’ve had about 4 inches, but I know we aren’t as bad as a lot of guys are. We might get in a week from now. We saw some semis get stuck in the field, it’s just not very good for harvest. We haven’t had a wet fall like this for quite some time. The crops are flooded with water. It’s tough to get any cover crop on right now. We are getting frustrated, but …

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