We have been busy harvesting soybeans and drilling wheat since our last report. After almost a week of decent harvest weather, we finally got a little better than an inch of rain between Sept. 24 and 25. This slowed down the combines, but the much needed rain was very welcome and made us feel much more comfortable putting next year’s wheat crop in the ground. As of today, we are 65 percent done harvesting full-season soybeans, 45 percent done harvesting corn, and 40 percent done drilling wheat.
The rains started here Wednesday morning, which put another halt on harvesting and drilling. So far for October, here at our homeplace, we have had 1.07 inches and we have more in the forecast for the next couple of days. We will be busy servicing equipment while it dries up so we can get back to the fields as soon as it is dry enough. We will start bringing cattle home from pastures in the next couple weeks, as well.
Phelps Seed held a Pioneer field day in Marquette we attended since our last report. Some of the things discussed were that sugar cane aphid numbers are down and that the drought has really taken its toll on yields in the surrounding areas. Irrigated corn yields are good, but dry-land corn yields and soybean yields are much lower this year. Another big topic was the Xtend/Dicamba volatilization and how it has affected farmers in the area.
Local commodity prices: Cargill in Salina — wheat $3.41, milo $3.13, soybeans $8.68, corn $2.98. — Darcy Bradley