Early last week, a weather system moved in, filling gauges in the 2 to 3 inch range and curtailing harvest activities. A few combines kicked in the 4-wheel-drive and nosed into cornfields Thursday and Friday. Yields are holding at the same great levels so far, and corn moistures are getting close to the 15 percent dry level. Soybean fields and producers are waiting for a good string of cutting days, hopefully sooner than later. The area harvest is a ways from the halfway mark, but one good week would change that.
We now find ourselves in the midst of harvest here in Coles County. Corn dryers will have a very light year with Mother Nature doing most of the work in a timely enough fashion to suit many growers. Yields are excellent as has been expected by about everyone, especially those running the markets. Corn is running from 15 percent to under 20 percent out of fields yielding an impressive range of 220 to 260 bushels per acre. Soybean fields are ripening, although some of the stems are staying inconveniently green. Reported soybean yields are running in their own impressive range of 70 to 90 bushels per acre. The bountiful crop is out there, and it is standing really well as it awaits harvest. Don’t let potentially saved seconds turn into lost days. Stay safe out there!
Harvest 2018 is definitely undergoing a soft start this week. A handful of combines have ventured out, finding corn still in the mid-20s. I haven’t seen any beans go yet, but a few fields with early beans are just days away from being harvestable. The weatherman is doing a good job scaring combines back to the shed with excessive rainfall forecast in the next few days.