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Todd Easton

Todd Easton raises corn, soybeans, and wheat on his farm near Charleston.


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Another 2 inches of rain and dreary, drizzly days halted soybean cutting. Farmers have turned their attention to corn harvest when they can even do that. The previously dry ground is still soaking up the precipitation at a good rate, so use of tow straps has been minimal so far. I have gotten into several acres of my May-planted beans, and some fields have come in at 10 bushes per acre less than my earlier beans that were well in the 70s, but others have not been too far off from the earlier harvested bean yields. This year, crop yields are being determined by location as much as anything. I guess we are re-learning what we already knew -- farming is a luck of the draw proposition, and that’s if you have your ducks in a row.


We finally got a mostly welcomed break from harvest with a much-needed, soaking rain of more than 2 inches. Aside from bringing trees and grass back to life, moisture in the fields will make establishment of fall and cover crops possible, and tillage operations much easier. I would gauge soybean harvest somewhere between half to three-quarters completed and cornfields around one-quarter harvested. Yields have been showing the predicted signs of falling off as we move into later-planted crops. How much it will fall is yet to be determined. Stay safe as we work toward finding out.


It’s been another busy week all over the area, and the countryside is starting to clear out. Harvest is going completely without a hitch with no rainfall to slow us down. With nothing in the forecast, it’s becoming a remarkably dry fall. Biggest problem with the dryness is soybeans are cutting too dry. With the weather forecast ahead, that’s just how it’s going to be. I nosed into my green-looking, May-planted beans, and they were two points below what they needed to be at. Keep the equipment blown off!