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David Schaal

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

9/21/2018

Weather has been really hot and humid for this time of the year. Maybe after all the rain we had from Hurricane Gordon and a front that moved through a couple weeks ago, it might have been good that it has been that hot. Harvest is in full bore. Hot temperatures really brought corn moisture levels down. A lot of producers are shelling 15 to 18 percent corn. Yields for corn and soybeans seem to be pretty good. As farmers are on roadways, be considerate as they are moving machinery from field to field.

9/14/2018

We had about 6 inches of rain in the gauge Saturday (Sept. 8). The northern part of the county was around 2 inches or a little less, but the southwest part of the county was talking 9 to 10 inches. It was not real friendly to the corn as some got blown down. Combines began to roll with corn moisture in the upper teens to low 20s. A few corn yields I have heard are pretty good. Everyone is concerned about standability after last weekend. Very few beans have been cut, but several early varieties will be ready soon. USDA predicts a huge harvest. A big crop always gets bigger. Stay tuned. As harvest is upon us, stay considerate to farmers on roadways with combines and wagons.

9/7/2018

No rain to report for the week, but as I turn in this report, we are under a flash flood warning. Not too much harvesting going on in the area, but if the monsoons don't hit this week, several will start. Farmers continue to get equipment ready and there has been a lot of roadside and waterway mowing going on in the area. Corn continues to dry down with the hot, dry weather we've had during the past several weeks. Have heard some saying moisture is in the mid-20s. Beans seem to be turning quickly. Hoping for no big rainfall so harvest in the area can get underway. Everyone be safe.

8/31/2018

We recorded 3 inches of rain last week that came in three events. Corn seems to be changing quickly. There are a few soybeans beginning to turn. The heat that we have been having is taking the crops into maturity at a rapid pace. Farmers are trying to keep up mowing lawns, along with roadside mowing and continuing to get harvest equipment ready. Hope everyone had a good, safe Labor Day.