We had 1.2 inches of rain Saturday (Oct. 14). Combines started again Monday in the corn, and by Wednesday, in the soybeans. The calendar says it’s time to get moving. I harvested a very hilly, 9-acre cornfield where the side hill combine maxes out. I was very surprised to find a fallen tree, three rabbits, a trophy antler buck, three pheasants, two bald eagles and a vulture. And, oh yes, 230-bushel-per-acre corn. Who says farming isn’t exciting?
Rain Oct. 7, 0.5 of an inch of rain, and then again Oct. 11-12, 1.5 inches at my farm. This stopped soybean harvest for the week. There is still a very small percentage of corn combined. We’ve only done four combine loads, just enough to keep feed for the dairy cows. Moisture levels are still running in the mid to upper 20s. Fall-seeded rye and wheat will now emerge from this late moisture. I’ve been watching the progress of construction on the Mississippi River bridge as it comes to a Nov. 1 completion. You only see an event like this once in a lifetime.
Even though rain was predicted for several days, we remain dry. Soybeans have been harvested at a record pace. Yields are holding in the 60-plus bushels per acre. Limited corn harvest with moisture levels running above 25 percent. Cash corn is selling under $3 per bushel, so there is no incentive to pay for LP when Mother Nature has her grain dryer working.
Rain of .15 of an inch brings September’s total to only .2 of an inch. It’s the driest September in recent history. Combines are running in early soybeans. I’m not a soybean farmer, but reports I’ve heard sound good at 60 to 65 bushels per acre coming out of the field at 9 to 10 percent moisture. Some high-moisture corn has been shelled for dairy and cattle feed. Yields of the wet corn at 27 to 30 percent are reported well above 200 bushels per acre.