I tried to harvest some soybeans Nov. 8, but they were too wet – 18.6 percent moisture. Wet soil also limited other field activities. Now, we have snow on the ground. We only received 60 percent of our average rainfall during the growing season, but our corn crop was the second best in our history. Our average corn yield is higher than 2017 but lower than 2016 by 6.5 bushels per acre. Our soybean average could be the best yield in our history. Thus far, our average is 2 bushels per acre higher than 2015 and 2.5 bushels per acre above 2017. After the USDA report lowered corn and soybean yields slightly, local closing prices for Nov. 8 were $3.39, nearby corn; $3.50, January corn; $3.66, new-crop corn; $8.16, nearby soybean;, $8.20, January soybeans; $8.87, new-crop soybeans.
We finished harvesting corn Oct. 27. Our average corn yield is higher than 2017 but lower than 2016 by 6.5 bushels per acre. That makes it our second-highest yielding crop of corn in our history. Soybean average yield is still to be determined. Thus far, it looks to be our best soybean yield in our history. We are 2 bushels per acre higher than 2015 and 2.5 bushels per acre above 2017. We harvested some soybeans Monday, but they were more than 15 percent moisture. With the rain that fell during the week, we haven’t been in the field since Tuesday and will have to wait for the soybeans to be fit to get the last half of them out. Local closing prices for Nov. 1 were $3.22, nearby corn; $3.42, January corn; $3.61, new-crop corn; $8.04, nearby soybeans; $8.21, January soybeans; $8.85, new-crop soybeans.
We harvested corn last Monday through Wednesday. Thursday, we switched over to soybeans as the moisture had come back down to just above 12 percent. Some farmers harvested soybeans on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Not a lot of fields left standing in our area. We have 40 acres of corn left and the majority of our soybean acres. Our average corn yield still remains above 2017 and lower than 2016. Soybean average yield is still to be determined. Local closing prices for Oct. 18 were $3.23, nearby corn; $3.43, January corn; $3.63, new-crop corn; $7.93 nearby soybeans; $8.17, January soybeans; $8.81, new-crop soybeans.