Two rain events this week totaled 0.05 of an inch of rain, while the Quad Cities had 3 to 5 inches with some flash flooding. Record, 90-plus-degree days and some wind is drying down the crops. Combines have started in the soybean fields. Corn has now matured to black layer with moisture levels around 30 percent. I expect some high-moisture shelling to start this week.
We’ve had no rain since Aug. 29. Crops are drying down fast. Soybeans are yellowing and dropping leaves. With the heat, we’ve had the last few days, we are now at 2,424 growing degree units. Activities around include corn silage chopping, manure hauling, hay making and fertilizing of hay fields. Some seed corn has been harvested in Whiteside County. It is now a wait and see game as to who will start harvest first.
Cool, fall weather does not mature crops very fast. I have not seen any corn that is black layered. In fact, the milk line is less than halfway down the kernel. Early soybeans are starting to show some yellow leaves. On a 300-mile drive last weekend of northwestern Illinois and parts of eastern Iowa, I saw some excellent cornfields, some severely hail-damaged fields, and some very weedy bean fields.
Rain for the week of 1.2 inches brings August total to 2.85. Cooler-than-normal weather, but great growing conditions. Yards need mowing every five to seven days. Corn silage chopping has started. There will be more by next week. Some fields are showing signs of blight and heavy morning dews are adding to this problem. Soybeans are filling pods very nicely. Prayers go out to the people of Houston, Texas.