This week brought drier weather than the past weeks. Early in the week, only corn was harvested because of wet ground conditions. Soybeans were harvested in the latter part of the week. Most cannot get started until noon because of the frost at night. I do not believe bean moisture is getting below 13 percent with the current weather. During the past week, great progress has been made with field tillage. I have seen a few fields of cover crops get a great start this year with an early harvest. If the weather holds, harvest should get nearly wrapped up in a week.
Harvest progress was slow last week. The southern part of the county received around a half-inch of rain and parts of the northern county received nearly 5 inches. In areas that had less rain, harvest took place mostly Sunday to Tuesday. Fewer were able to make a little headway Thursday. Most of the corn moisture is down to 15 percent or less, while soybeans have continued to pick up moisture every night. Many local elevators are either full or nearly full, which is going to be challenging as the last bit of crop is still out there to be harvested.
Harvest activities continued in full swing last week. I would estimate harvest is between 60 to 70 percent complete in the area. Soybean harvest was more of a focus last week, but some cloudy days, along with heavy dews, forced us to switch back to corn for a short time. Locally, the elevator is getting full of corn and beans. They are now waiting on trains to come before accepting more corn. Lime application has started, cover crops are being planted and others are starting to chisel cornstalks.
Harvest has progressed quickly! Most have been shelling corn. We have seen much of the corn moisture drop to 15 percent or slightly below. Soybean moisture dropped to 9 to 10 percent. Later season beans have been slow to turn and still have green stems with leaves. After Tuesday’s rain, many hoped the beans will even up their maturing and pick up moisture. Sidney received an inch and a quarter. North of Champaign seemed to have less and south seemed to have more. On Thursday, corn harvest began again. I would anticipate soybean harvest will be the main activity as we go into the weekend with the ground starting to dry back out.