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David Schaal

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

8/24/2018

Since last report, we've had about 2 inches of rain again. Usually you welcome August rains, but to be honest, we really do not need any more rain at this point. We had our county crop tour Tuesday. County yields came in at 188 bushels per acre for corn with a range from 131 to 275 bushels per acre. Soybeans ranged from 30 bushels to 80 bushels with an average of 58.8. Harvest is coming soon. Going to be many bushels going up and down the roads, so everyone keep that in consideration as farmers begin their harvest.

8/17/2018

Had another rain event Wednesday, which left an inch in the gauge here. Corn ears are really beginning to lay over. Corn is maturing at a rapid pace. Soybeans are really tall, and they are beginning to lean and go down. We don’t need any heavy beating rain, hail or high winds. Our goal now is to keep the crop upright till the combines hit the field. Cleaning of grain bins, roadside mowing and some hay baling along with equipment preparation going on. Have a good, safe week.

8/10/2018

Had a couple small rain events since my last report which left around .8 of an inch in the gauge. Since I have been a CropWatcher, this is the first year I have reported some amount of rainfall in the growing season almost every week. Some producers have had close to 25 inches since the crop was put in the ground. Corn in the area has done what it’s going to do. Some hybrids are beginning to dry up and mature. Beans have a lot of height, and rain events want to start laying some of them down. State fair is going on. Everyone stay cool and safe.

8/3/2018

Last week, we received .6 of an inch of rain. Places in the northern part of the county had 3 to 4 inches. Crops look really good as a whole. Some of the corn that should have had fungicide applied to it and didn't is showing some disease pressure. Beans have good height and places that had some significant rains are starting to lodge a little. Double-crop beans are also looking good. Farmers are mowing roadsides and waterways along with cleaning grain bins. Some hay is also being baled. Getting harvest equipment ready is also on producers’ minds. Everyone stay cool and safe.