Soybean harvest is finally finished for many, and the area is more than 50 percent done on corn harvest. Soybean yields in Boone and McHenry counties were disappointing with whole-farm averages ranging from 40 to 50 bushels per acre. Yield levels in corn are above trend line, but are still running behind last year’s field averages. Some growers have started to apply fall anhydrous. Many are hoping to finish harvest sometime this week. So far, winter wheat looks to be off to a great start with very good stands. Stay safe this harvest.
Gary Greenlee filling in for Brian. We had good harvest weather through Saturday (Oct. 21). Less than 10 percent of soybeans left before rain Sunday (Oct. 22). Two rains Sunday and Tuesday amounted to a little more than 1 inch in western Winnebago County to 2 inches farther east into Boone County. Harvest started again by midweek. Corn about is 15 percent complete. Yields so far are in the 180s to 240s. Moisture has been around 20 percent as an average.
This is Gary Greenlee filling in for Brian. We had another 1 inch of rain Friday night into Saturday (Oct. 14) in northeastern Winnebago County. South and west of here had up to 2 inches. Conditions have improved since then with soybean harvest continuing later on Tuesday. Soybean harvest should be nearing completion by this Saturday (Oct. 21). Yields are somewhere around 15 bushels behind last year. About 10 percent of the corn is harvested and yields are very good from early planting dates.