More soybeans were harvested last week, despite rain that moved through the county Monday night and Tuesday morning. Bean yields have been positive in most areas that have had OK rainfall, but these yields have been coming from early-planted beans. Many expect later-planted beans will not be as good. Soybeans have been turning quickly with the heat, so I expect soybean harvest to pick up next week. Corn harvest has been slow to start as the moisture is still high. Corn that has been harvested has been early planted and early maturity with moisture in the low to mid 20's.
That time of year has officially arrived in Champaign County. Harvest sporadically started across the county early last week. It has been limited to mostly Group II soybeans being cut and some end rows of cornfields coming off. The corn that was harvested was in the low 20s for moisture, but no report yet on yields. I was out in some of our early April-planted corn where the corn has not quite black layered. Many of the beans are continuing to turn, however, there are fields that seem to be dying instead of reaching maturity. I am anxious to start cutting some mid-season soybeans this week.
Early Monday afternoon (Sept. 4) brought a pop-up shower for the southern part of the county. I received .3 of an inch with others getting just over .5 of an inch. Many of the soybeans are turning throughout the county. South of Penfield, I saw one field of soybeans that looked like it would be ready to cut during the second week of September. I believe that a more sizable amount of beans acres will be ready in another two to three weeks. Corn has not been drying down much with this cooler weather. Many across the county are going through their final preparations before harvest starts later in the month. As I look at our standing crop, I am hopeful that the forecast holds true and Hurricane Irma stays to our east.
We were very fortunate to receive some spotty rains Monday evening (Aug. 28.) Rain showers across the county ranged from .5 of an inch up to 3 inches. I personally received 1.1 inches in Sidney, and my father received .5 of an inch just 2 miles south. The rain will be greatly beneficial for the late corn as well as some of the soybeans that are still a dull green. Many of the soybeans have not been adding many pods to the top of the plants. The newest pods have mostly been two-bean pods. A few of the soybean fields are changing even more than last week, but those fields that are changing have not been uniform. Seed corn harvest started last week in some areas. The field corn will not be long behind as most in the county has been dying the last few weeks with the lack of rain.