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.
We had .85 inches of rain Aug. 20 at my farm, but there were some 2-inch reports in the area. Water grasses are invading hay fields and lawns. I scouted some soybean fields, but did not find any mold. An area of sudden death syndrome (SDS) is appearing. Pod counts reveal 35, three-bean pods per stem on 4-foot tall beans. Corn is starting to change, but has not black layered yet. GDUs are at 2,409.