October can be a very changing month, colder than normal, frost and a few snow flurries. But the rains have stopped. Corn harvest moves forward and by Wednesday soybean cutting started again. Fields are still very soft or muddy, depending on the soil type. Soybeans are having quality issues with sprouts and dark beans. We were able to bale some stalk bales for bedding.
Rain and mud sums up this week. Rainfall totaled 4.5 inches up to 10 inches. Flash flooding, roads closed and fields flooded. A few guys tried to combine, but were like Tonka toys in a mud puddle. Some fields may not dry up until they are frozen solid. Field losses in the downed corn and soybeans will be big. Some farmers have not yet started to harvest. Take your time and be safe.
Harvest was limited between rains this week. I had 1.55 inches, but up north along the Wisconsin border as much as 10 inches were reported. The Mississippi River has been on the rise. Fields are muddy, and some combines and grain carts have been stuck. Soybean cutting has been at a standstill until it dries up. Sprouting corn is making a big cover crop.
Rain this week amounted to .6 of an inch for a September total of 8.25 inches. Tornado or violent winds in southeast Carroll County Tuesday left much destruction to properties in the Milledgeville area. The Farmers Elevator lost bins, a dryer and grain leg. Winds of 100 mph on 250 bushel per acre corn leaves a real mess. Our prayers go to the farmers that have to try to combine those hundreds of acres. Moisture on corn is as low as 15 percent. Yields have been outstanding.