It was wet, wet and more wet. This season was difficult from planting through harvest. We had April snow and October snow and lots of rain in between. It was not nearly as bad as 1993, when we didn't have very good yields. This year it was uneven. We had disappointing fields and we had one field that had a record yield. One of the more surprising things was that the beans did fairly well in the wet conditions. We probably averaged 60 bu. per acre on our farm. The corn was more variable t…

I would say that about 10 or 20 percent of the corn is still in the fields around here. The ground froze on about Nov. 9, so all fall tillage pretty much ended then. I would guess way over half of planned fall tillage didn't get done in the area. My local fertilizer dealer said this year was the least amount of fall anhydrous in the last 15 years or so. That will just add to the spring workload. If we have a good spring, it will work out. If we have a bad spring, it could get interesting.

I would say about 20 percent of the corn is still out in the field. Other fieldwork is pretty much at a standstill. There is a considerable amount of fall tillage that needs to be done, but the conditions aren't good for it. I think only about 10 percent of the anhydrous that would normally be fall applied has been put on. Guys quit trying to put anhydrous on bean ground because it wasn't sealing well.

We had a pretty good week. The rain didn't come until late Friday (Nov. 2), and we ran for a while after that until it became too wet to go. The beans around here are virtually done, and probably 70 percent of the corn is done. The one thing that hasn't gotten done is fall-applied anhydrous. I talked to an applicator in the area, and he said he had only done about 10 percent of what he normally does in the fall.

We're progressing with the harvest. Beans are probably 80 percent done in our area and corn may be about half done. The bean yields are nothing special, but they are OK. The corn yields are below last year. I have seen corn fields that suffered green snap still yield about 170 bushels. There's still quite a bit of corn left to harvest and not much tillage work has been done yet.

We started doing corn about Tuesday (Oct. 16) of last week. On about Thursday we switched to beans. It rained a half inch that night but we were going again on Saturday. I would guess that about 40 percent of the corn and 25 percent of the beans are done. I have been pleased with the quality of the beans. They aren't as good as normal but, considering the conditions, they are looking OK. I am pretty happy about that.

We went out Saturday (Oct. 13) and did a little corn, but then we had 3 inches of snow on Sunday. The forecast is good for this week, but we have a lot of drying out to do before we can get in the field, especially for the soybeans. The fall is turning out a lot like the spring, where we had to plant partial fields and work around the muddy spots. It makes farming a little less fun.

It just keeps raining. A little bit of corn and a little bit of beans came out of the field last week. I suppose about 10 percent of the beans and 20 percent of the corn is harvested around here. Of course, we were wet all season, but we had about 1.5 inches just between Saturday (Oct. 6) until Monday morning.

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Roy Arends and his wife, Jean, farm with their son, Andrew. They have two more adult children. Their farm on the outskirts of Alexander, in northwest Franklin County, is about two-thirds corn and one-third soybeans. They use chicken litter and hog manure from other farms for much of their fe…

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