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Boone County

Marshall Newhouse

Marshall Newhouse farms with his wife and daughter’s family. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and raise pastured turkeys for the Thanksgiving market. They have just started organic production on a 72-acre field.


Two farmers worked on some 1.8 maturity beans Monday (Sept. 10). Both were planted in late April and are now testing below 13 percent. Both operators are pleasantly surprised with the yield. My 1.8 beans will take another week. My decision to plant late May rather than late April is a little frustrating. More corn is getting to the mid-20s in moisture. We are nowhere near October and dry down is the exception, not the rule. What a blessing! Make sure you get some rest in the midst of the harvest.


From Saturday (Sept. 1) night through Tuesday, the county collected an average of about 7.25 inches of rain. Needless to say, not much of it was utilized as streams and rivers are over their banks as water is moving out. If the forecast is right and a dry stretch arrives, early season beans will be harvested by Sept. 15. A seed rep stopped by yesterday, and even with all the rain, we were pleasantly surprised by stalk strength.


When I spoke to a Winnebago County friend who farms along the Sugar River, assuming that things were progressing nicely, he informed me the 14 inches around the Madison area had worked its way downstream practically submerging his crop. Boone County received 2 to 2.8 inches from two rains events last week. The best way to characterize this crop and timeframe is “coasting.” While most beans are turning, few cornfields, if any, have a black layer. Whether corn or beans, someone will likely be harvesting by the 15th. At a seed plot meeting this week, we were given a first hand introduction to tar spot. More unknowns, crud.


My wife and I spent four days away from the farm, and when we returned, the change was impressive. Corn ears are tipped and husks pulled back, exposing kernels. Beans are beginning to yellow, and I have a pretty good idea the combine will be going Sept. 21 in a 2.0 maturity bean field. A half-inch of rain fell Sunday night, and I’m guessing the 2.4 and 2.6 maturity beans will get some benefit out of that. But for 85 percent of this farm, the growing season is just about done.