Since my last report, we have recorded 6.75 inches of rain, so we don’t have a lot to report! We welcomed the moisture, but it has slowed our fall harvest and planting plans by probably a month. Water is standing in some of the fields, but it’s not as bad as we expected for the amount of rain we received.
Shatter loss is a concern at this point. Before the rains, we were having trouble finding beans that were dry enough to harvest, so we are hopeful that our shatter loss won’t be as bad as last year. The colder temperatures might hurt the double crop soybeans some, but we are hoping for the best. It was probably a good thing we didn’t have more wheat in before the rains, so we won’t have to replant much, if any.
Nothing is new with the cattle. While we are waiting for the fields to dry up, we are starting to build electric fence for grazing. We will probably start cubing cows soon.
The guys have a few smaller shop projects that they will work on, but we don’t want to start anything big because as soon as it’s dry enough, the combines need to be rolling. The guys took most of last week off to recharge and get ready for fall harvest. We predict it will be many weeks of long days catching up after this weather.
Local commodity basis level: Cargill in Salina: wheat, -.35; milo, -.60; corn, -.55; soybeans, -1.20. — Darcy Came Bradley