It was a trying year. Modern hybrids really assisted us this year. To be planting corn in June and still make enough to cover the cost without having to worry about if crop insurance is going to cover the distance, that’s kind of amazing. Planting in June was at the point where we put it in road gear and got moving. I would say time wise, we are still two-weeks behind where we were last year. Our first snow was Oct. 20-something. A lot of anhydrous being put on and a lot of waterways get…

The end is in sight. Hopefully we’ll be done with corn harvest tomorrow. There’s a lot of guys who will be finishing up with corn this week barring any mechanical issues, and I still have guys who want to plant cover crops. The moisture on the corn doesn’t seem to have dropped any. It’s still above average for this time of year. Yields are still respectable. Some fields are competing with yields two years ago and some fields are just around average.

Just like everyone else, if you had crops in the field and the equipment was working, we were able to make a big hole in what we had left to do. I’m fairly confident that 90 to 95% of soybeans in Mahaska County have been harvested now. I think moisture got low enough people were able to get out and start moving on them. There’s a lot of bright lights out at night time.

We are still trying to get things set up to get back to hauling manure. We had a system come through Friday and that put a damper on things. A lot of guys see the light at the end of the tunnel, and now they are getting closer to the light. From the sounds of it, there’s a few soybeans left to harvest. Our corn is near 17-18% and I’m hearing from friends that their LP tanks are getting empty and the LP companies are rationing the supply.

Everybody’s had another good week of progress. Guys were working on finishing up their soybean harvests. Several guys would pick corn until midday, then switch to cut soybeans until it got tough. I think they are starting to race the calendar now more than anything else. I’m a quarter of the way into my cover crop drilling this year. We hit a slow slump while doing soybeans.

This past week, soybeans was the word. A John Deere dealer made the comment that if a person had a combine in Mahaska County, it was probably moving. Guys put in six long days, but they’ll get a couple of days off it looks like with rain coming in. Dad made the comment these are some of the best quality soybeans he’s seen in a number of years — big, bright, round soybeans.

The sun is shining and farmer’s eyes are bright and cheery from the break we had in the middle of last week. A few guys were combining corn on Saturday (Oct. 12). I’m hoping to say I’m done flying on cover crops for the year now. Corn moisture is still damp, so we are working on getting the grain dryer moving. We are optimistic for a productive week this week.

We got another 5 inches over this past week, I think. There were guys that went out between the rains and were able to do some harvesting last week, but every farmer hasn’t got going yet. We are looking at picking some corn here this week hopefully. If the ground gets fit, we might try to cut some beans. We are in a holding pattern right now.

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