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David Schaal

David Schaal raises corn, soybeans and wheat near St. Peter in Fayette County.

10/19/2018

Harvest rolls on. But with light rains and misty weather Oct. 13-14, soybean harvest was halted. Soybean harvest resumed on Wednesday. Several spent a couple days shelling corn. Wheat sowing is going on. A lot of fall fertilizer is being applied. Fall tillage is also beginning to pick up. Some farmers have ruts they need to fill in. Overall, harvest is progressing very well. Yields still seem to be very good, except in those areas with water damage. A few guys are getting close to being finished, but still a lot of crops to be harvested in the county. Along with the good yields, the local elevators have quit taking corn or soybeans or both for a short period of time. As harvest and fall work continue, everyone needs to be safe in the field and on the roads. Have a safe week.

10/12/2018

Harvest is progressing at a rapid pace. Light rain Wednesday slowed soybean harvest, but people were back at them Thursday afternoon. There's a handful of farmers beginning to wrap up harvest, but some have several acres to go. I'm finished with soybeans, but have a little corn left. It is on low ground and conditions are wet. Yields overall are good to excellent. Stay safe.

10/5/2018

Harvest is progressing, but seems like a slow pace. Still fighting downed or tangled up corn, and farmers cutting beans are running into leaning and lodged beans, which slows cutting speed. People are harvesting corn and beans in one direction due to lodging. Along with the downed crops, some are fighting soft field conditions. I tried shelling our last field of corn Tuesday and had to quit. I could not get through it. On top of that, we received another 1/2 inch of rain Thursday morning. Ruts are going to be everywhere now if weather does what they say. Still quite a bit of harvest left. Some farmers are getting close to being wrapped up with corn. Have a good and safe week.

9/28/2018

We received 2.7 inches last week. Fields are totally saturated, and harvest is delayed. Some combines attempted to pick corn Thursday. I saw a picture of a combine stuck in the area. Water is sitting in the fields. Harvest is very slow in this neck of the woods. Yields for corn and soybeans are pretty good. We don't need anymore rain till the end of the year. Everyone stay safe.