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David Schaal

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

9/22/2017

We had a little shot of rain Monday night that amounted to 0.2 to 0.4 of an inch. Temperatures are hotter now than in August. Harvest has ramped up a little more since last report, with some producers getting into soybeans that were planted early. Corn that has been harvested is running 18 to 19 percent moisture, and yields are varying a bunch. No big yield stories, but maybe a bit better than some expected. Some farmers’ expectations weren't real good or high. As everyone pushes into harvest, stay safe.

9/15/2017

It has been another dry week, and it’s taking a toll on the soybean crop. A little corn harvesting has started around here, but not a lot. The little that has been harvested, farmers say there is a big variance, depending on the soil type. Places that caught more rain are showing up also. Producers are still cleaning out grain bins and preparing them for the oncoming harvest, along with getting equipment ready and mowing. Harvest is upon us. Stay safe.

9/8/2017

On Monday evening (Sept.4), it looked like we were going to get a good, soaking rain. But all that came across was a lot of thunder and lightning. A rain would have been welcomed. The county had its crop tour Tuesday. When it all shook out, corn yields came in at 155 bushels per acre with a range of 58 to 226. Beans ranged from 29 to 81 bushels per acre with the county average coming in at 45 bushels per acre. After the tour that evening, a steak supper was held at the new Fayette County Farm Bureau Research Center, which is managed by Kaskaskia College along with South Central FS. Good things are going on there, and a big thanks to both Kaskaskia College and FS. Farmers are preparing for the upcoming harvest, so be safe.

9/1/2017

We had another dry week around here, but we experienced some damp mornings with fog or heavy dews. Our soybean crop could sure use one more good drink of water. April corn looks like it is really drying up and coming closer to harvest at a rapid pace. There again, with no rain, it’s drying down quickly. Corn looks decent on the outside, but when you get in several rows, it doesn’t look as good as what it does from the road. I attended the Farm Progress Show and enjoyed it. The crowds looked good. Fayette County has their county crop tour Tuesday, so next week I can report more on what is in the county from one end to the other. Take care as everyone is starting to prepare for harvest.