We started planting May 4 and finished up planting beans the first week of June. I don't remember planting our entire bean crop in June. The late planting and cool weather slowed emergence, and we saw more disease pressure in the corn than we normally see. We had so much rain — probably 8 to 10 inches more than a normal growing season. The steady rains kept our pre-emergence herbicide active, and our post worked well too. Even with the late start, the crop stuck to the calendar and caugh…

We finished up harvest Saturday. I would say 80% or more of the corn is done. A lot of people continue to haul manure — most of the liquid hog manure is out. Dry manure is a winter-long project. I have not seen a lot of tillage yet. There were a few reports of short hours at some elevators, but it hasn't been terrible. Most of the corn in the field is still in the low 20s for moisture.

We did not have much snow. It's pretty cold so I'm guessing the combines will be rolling today (Monday) even with the snow. I would say about 80% of the corn is left in the field. Beans have been done for a while. We're hoping it warms up some so we can get rid of the frost and get some field work done. We probably have two to three days of harvesting left.

Corn harvest continues here. Most of the guys finished grinding ear corn last week. Much of the dry corn has been harvested. Most of what remains is over 22% yet. Yields continue to surprise people, but most say they are 10% lower than previous years. Some tillage is being done. We pumped manure this week out of fear of the ground freezing next week.

We finished up soybean harvest over the weekend, and I would say our neighborhood is 85 to 90% done. Some are still harvesting high-moisture ear corn. I would say yields for beans and corn are down about 10% from the last few years. Saturday was the first day I saw a lot of action with corn. Hearing some is coming into the co-op at 22% moisture.

We finally had a productive week. I would say two-thirds of the beans are out in this area, and we have just a couple days left. We got our ear corn ground over the weekend. I've heard of corn being delivered to the elevator at 22%. We had a shower this morning (Monday), so I'm not sure anyone will get out today. Our bean yields have been much better than we thought.

There are still some guys chopping silage, and many started on ear corn or high-moisture corn. We are seeing some bad stalks in some areas. We got a good start on beans Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 8-9). Yields seem to be about 10 bushels less than average. We had a rain/snow mix Thursday morning through Friday night, but some were back in the corn by Saturday afternoon.

We had another wet week here. We had 4.25 inches of rain for the week. Silage chopping is winding down. There has not been much progress on the bean harvest. Most will be trying to combine beans with snow in the forecast for later this week. Early bean yield reports are pretty close to average for our area.

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