Last week was another productive week in the fields. Many of the beans throughout the county are finished or will be finished soon before the upcoming rain this weekend. I would estimate corn harvest to be 75 percent done, but there are pockets that exceed that and others that are far behind that. Overall, corn yields have held in above average. There are pockets around the county, though, that lacked rainfall, and their yields are well below average. More fertilizer is starting to be spread, and tillage work is starting as well. The countryside continues to be a very busy scene.
Last week, minimal harvest progress occurred. Between Thursday (Oct. 5) and Thursday (Oct. 12), we received just over 3.5 inches of rain. Within the last week, there were a couple of days that some picked corn, but many of the other days were full of clouds and drizzle. During the weekend, I anticipate there to be more corn harvested unless we receive the rain that is in the forecast. Many guys were able to get their wheat and some cover crops planted in front of the rain. As one drives through the county, things are greening up again after getting the much-needed rain.
Tremendous harvest progress has been made. In the southern part of the county, I estimate soybean harvest to be nearly 75 percent or more complete. Corn harvest has been picking up as soybean harvest for many is coming to a quick close. In the early-planted cornfields that received good/timely rainfall this year, yields have been strong. They have been as good as the past few years, but they have been higher than average. The best bean yields are coming from areas that saw more August rainfall. Currently, harvest progress has come to a stop due to light rain in the southern part of the county. Sidney received nearly an inch of rain between Wednesday and Thursday. As you get north of Champaign, the rain tapered off, and they have continued to stay active in the fields.
The hot, dry weather continued to dry down corn and soybeans. Soybean harvest, for most of the county (except the north), was in full throttle last week. I would estimate soybean harvest has gone from 10 percent complete to nearly 40 percent harvested. It seems that the early bean harvest yields are down from the past few years, but still an average crop. There are pockets throughout the county, though, that were very dry and will have poor corn and soybean yields. Corn harvest has still been slow, but we started into some corn that was under 17 percent. As many guys finish their ripe soybeans, I believe they will be headed into dry corn.