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Champaign County

Daniel Herriott

Daniel Herriott farms with his father, Steve, and his brother, Matthew. They grow corn and soybeans near Sidney in southeastern Champaign County. Daniel is a second-generation CropWatcher. Daniel also works in agribusiness, covering Champaign County and surrounding counties.


We had another great week for fall work! The majority of harvest is wrapped up, but there are still a few scattered fields of corn and soybeans left standing. We experienced very strong winds Saturday throughout the county. Some cornfields took the wind fine, while other fields laid half to the entire field flat. Elevators have continued to fill up to their maximum capacity along with creating new ground piles that they have never had before. Many elevators are closed until they receive a train. Lime spreading and fertilizer application has been in full swing for a few weeks now. Tillage work is also further along this year compared to others.


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.