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David Schaal

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

11/9/2017

We received about .5 of an inch of rain since last report with the majority of that coming Monday (Nov. 6) and Tuesday morning. Harvest in the area is complete. A lot of lime spreading being done, along with fall fertilizer and some spraying. Tillage and some dirt work is going on. Wheat that was sown in this neck of the woods looks good to excellent. Farmers are winding down, cleaning equipment and trying to figure out a marketing strategy. Prices are low and a lot of crop lying around. Hope for a little upward surge in the market. Everyone have a good week.

11/3/2017

It was a chilly, damp week around here until Thursday when temperatures rose back to above normal. Rainfall didn't amount to that much, but it halted harvest that is still left in the area. Fall fertilizer is going on, along with a lot of lime application. Fall tillage is on a lot of people’s minds, along with roadside and waterway mowing. Farmers are also washing and cleaning equipment, and putting it in the shed for the winter. Everyone is hoping grain prices will make a rally and sales can continue. Farmers and applicators are still on roadways, so pay attention and be safe.

10/27/2017

Sunday night (Oct. 22) and Monday morning (Oct. 23), we had a welcomed rain. My gauge caught 1.6 inches of rain. It hampered harvest. Corn shelling resumed Tuesday afternoon. A lot of producers are finishing harvest. If it does not rain anymore, some fall tillage will continue. As dry as we were, the soil really soaked up the precipitation. It is a good time for the limestone that is being applied to go down. Along with that, fall fertilizer is being spread. Some dirt work is also going on. Due to our 10 to 12 inches of rain in the spring, the wash gullies are being fixed. Grain prices have been flat. A lot of corn is piled at the elevators. Have a safe week.

10/20/2017

We had a dry week here, and harvest continued in the area for those who have not wrapped up. I finished harvest Friday, and there are several producers getting finished or on the downhill slide. Weather has been great for harvest to continue. Some fall spraying has occurred, along with fall fertilizer being applied. Fall tillage is also beginning to ramp up. Field conditions are still extremely dry for this time of year. Many would like to see a good rain to proceed with tillage. As far as overall yields in our area, I think most would say a little bit better than expected. For no more rain that I received around home during the summer, crops were good. As harvest and fieldwork progresses, pay attention on roadways and be safe.