When we left off last week, the hope was that the rain would stop and we would have some warm, sunny days in our future. Sadly, that has not been the case.
According to AgWeb, our monthly rainfall was 300 percent greater than the average for August. All of this extra precipitation has made it extremely difficult to get into the field and haul pipe, and it has had an adverse effect on the mature crops in the fields. We have about 28 small trailer loads still in the fields around the pivot corners. Before harvest, these need to be picked up.
Another preparation for harvest will be the general winterization of equipment. Putting equipment from irrigating and spraying away and bringing out the machines needed for harvest is a priority. Once the harvest equipment is accessible, our job will be to service and prepare the machines. As of now, the combine heads have been worked on, and we are currently servicing some of the trucks and tractors that will be used. Once it is closer to harvest, we open up the lids on the dryer bins and service those motors. We recently purchased a new grain trailer which matches the height of the auger wagon.
The corn is progressing nicely considering all of the rain we’ve had. They are putting on the test weight needed and maturing as expected. The soybeans, however, have taken a hit. It is very easy to tell where the low spots in the fields are because the crop in that area is becoming waterlogged. The unhealthy yellow color of these plants show that these areas have just gotten too much water. This will definitely affect our yield negatively. The cloudy weather has also interfered with the maturing of the soybeans. Sunny, warm, and dry weather is needed to help this crop mature fully.
The recent trade wars and the late planting will obviously hurt us. The trade wars have made commodity prices so low that no product is being sold. Farmers will have to hold the crop in the bins and wait longer than they would like to. No one is optimistic about what commodity predictions claim. We are actually assuming that they will end up being lower than what is predicted. But, hopefully corn and bean prices will jump so farmers can sell the rest of the crop they still have.
We are shooting for the end of September and early October to begin harvest. But as my grandpa says, “As soon as one farmer stars, we all will.” — Rachael Dente