McPherson, Kan.

I got an email this week informing me this would be my last producer report; you might not care but I know my grandma in southeast Kansas is going to be disappointed. I’ve enjoyed writing these reports and especially enjoyed the feedback I received as I met some of you at farm shows, dealership open houses, and one reader whom I sold a header to. Since the picture of me for the column was taken, I have trimmed my beard, gave up on my hair, accepted baldness, and went with a buzzcut, so you may have seen me and thought, “that guy looks familiar,” but couldn’t place me. If you do see me and feel so inclined, please feel free to say “Hi” and tell me about your farm as I have told you about mine, it’s always interesting to hear from readers.

My first report was written in Washington, D.C. on a Farm Bureau trip and I was able to write that we had just received much needed rain, as we were in a serious drought. I hope by the time you read this column, we have received some badly needed rain; we are in a small sliver of central Kansas that can’t buy moisture. We have only had two or three rains, mostly all under a third of an inch, for July on my farm.

Amazingly, things are sort of holding on, but we are on a knife’s edge of crop failure. Our dryland corn is all over the place, based mostly on planting date. Full season soybeans are still holding on, but short.

Our double crop soybeans came up and haven’t done much since. The sorghum hasn’t kicked a head and feels stalled out — I am beginning to become concerned with an early frost on some of my later-planted sorghum acres.

As I write this, tomorrow I will host a group of Australian farmers. This group is traveling with the same organization that I hosted last year who introduced me to Heligen, the biological sorghum head and soybean pod worm product. While the region of Australia that the group that is visiting from is different from where I am at in Kansas, I think there is a lot that can be learned and potentially picked up when sharing our struggles and successes with growers from totally different backgrounds.

The one thing I learned over my time with this report is how hard it can be to fill, but usually how difficult it is to limit a column to around 470 words. There is more I would like to share, or wish I could have shared but instead I will just wish you the best of luck going into fall and hope that the next person who replaces me can be giving reports with improved soybean and sorghum basis.

Local cash basis: Wheat -40, corn -38, soybean -117, sorghum -80. — Adam Baldwin