Berryton, Kan.

I have expected that harvest would move at roughly the slow pace planting did, but it has thus far managed to surprise me.

Two weeks ago, we had just started. Then it rained again, and nothing would dry down. As of Monday, Sept. 30, we were 15% done with corn.

It rained at the end of the week, and there is more rain in the forecast. I am optimistic we can pick one more day early this week before the rain returns. If that works out, it would allow us to get all the April-planted corn out, and we would be caught up to what’s ready. Then we’ll go back to waiting a bit longer.

The beans are turning hard now. The potential of the crop is impressive, and the steady August rains are surely due credit for that.

Again, defying expectations, filled pod counts point to the possibility for best-ever yields. Bean size will be a big swing factor. Most of the acres were planted at the same population. If we get average size beans, we may very well have our best bean crop in the field today.

Harvest around our farm is mostly a two-man job. Bob runs the combine, and I run trucks and the grain cart where it’s needed. Most of our bushels get hauled to on-farm storage, so I can usually keep up with the combine using two trucks. When I can’t keep up, another local truck driver helps out, and the stationary grain cart buffers capacity waiting for the next empty truck to arrive. The combine doesn’t often sit waiting using that system.

I see a lot about the growing adoption of grain baggers. They seem handy in the right type of system and location, but I don’t see how that option would work well for us. I am glad we have the bins.

Local basis: corn -0.20, soybeans -0.70, hard red wheat -0.10. – Ryan Johnson

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