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Ron Haase

Ron Haase has been a long-time Cropwatcher and farms near Gilman in Iroquois County.

11/9/2017

Our harvest progress was slowed by a flat tire on the combine. Light rain Saturday (Nov. 4) and Sunday (Nov. 5), amounted to .15 of an inch. We returned to the field Monday afternoon (Nov. 6) and continued harvesting corn. Moisture content remains at 18 to 19 percent. We have 70 percent of our corn harvested and 86 percent of our total acres completed. Tillage continues, and application of anhydrous ammonia has begun. Our cornstalk ground has remained too wet for strip tillage to take place. Local closing prices for Nov. 8 were nearby corn, $3.13; January corn, $3.35; nearby soybeans, $9.50; January soybeans, $9.63.

11/3/2017

Early in the week, our corn harvest was slowed by local elevators filling their daily capacity of wet corn in the afternoon before normal closing time. A combine breakdown Tuesday and rainy weather Wednesday evening limited our ability to harvest corn. Rainfall ranged from .1 of an inch to .15 of an inch on our farms. At this point, we have 45 percent of our corn harvested and 75 percent of our total acres completed. Some soybeans remain in fields. All our soybean stubble, and one field of cornstalks, have been strip tilled with phosphorus and potassium for next year’s crops. Wednesday was the only day fit to strip till all week while other tillage operations had more opportunities. Local closing prices for Nov. 2 were nearby corn, $3.16; January corn, $3.38; nearby soybeans, $9.50; January soybeans, $9.63.

10/27/2017

We were able to complete our soybean harvest by finishing the last 25 percent Friday (Oct. 20) and Saturday before the rain Sunday through Tuesday. Our farms received a range of 1.5 up to 2.1 inches. We returned to the field Thursday afternoon to harvest corn. At this point, we have 10 percent of our corn harvested. I was happy to find out the corn dried down to 18 percent moisture. Seventy-five percent of our soybean stubble has been strip-tilled at this point. Local closing prices for Oct. 26 were nearby corn, $3.16; January corn, $3.39; nearby soybeans, $9.31; January soybeans, $9.47.

10/20/2017

Half an inch of rain Oct. 14 slowed harvest to begin the week. We harvested some corn Monday and Tuesday. Then, we switched to soybeans Tuesday afternoon. We remained in soybeans the rest of the week. We have 75 percent of our soybeans cut. We need another three days to finish our soybeans. We have 45 percent of our corn harvested. Local farmers focused on harvesting soybeans last week. Strip till with fertilizer began on our farms Thursday. Local closing prices for Oct. 19 were $3.14 nearby corn, $3.37 January corn, $9.47 nearby soybeans, and $9.61 January soybeans.