Three days of rain last week totaled 1.2 inches with more in the forecast. We finished baling hay Monday -- all four cuttings without getting any wet. Combines have been going in both corn and beans. Some cornfields that show tar spot, and are lodged, require reels to get it into the machines. Yields in those fields are as much as 30 bushels less than last year. Other producers are reporting 250 bushel yields and commenting it might be their best ever. Moisture is from 18 to 28 percent.
No rain and lots of sunshine allowed for a good week of hay making. We covered about 100 acres of fourth cutting. Corn harvest started with some fields opened with moisture in the mid-20s. Plants are dying fast and stalk quality is an issue. Many soybean fields appear to be ready to cut.
Rain, rain and more rain. The only wheels that turned this week were spinning mud. Anywhere from 7 to 14 inches of torrential rain fell on northwest Illinois, flooding fields and roads. Ditches have washed into fields and steambanks. Some may not be repairable and others will have to wait till things dry up. We have hay to cut, but there isn't much hope in the forecast to get it dry. GDU's are now at 2,720, which would mean corn should have reached maturity. It has been a rough week for livestock in all the mud and water. Flood fences had to be fixed after each rain.
Two rain events on Aug. 24 of .5 of an inch and Aug. 28 of 2.6 inches sets the August total at 6.8 inches. Tuesday night's storm came with devastating winds, downing trees on power lines and causing crop damage. Soybeans are lodged, and some cornfields flattened, which will only add to the stress of harvest. The rains and the shorter days are taking the color out of the crops. Hay and grass continue to grow.