Harvest is complete for many local farmers, but some fields of corn and soybeans remain to be harvested. Harvest activity was brought to a halt Tuesday by .3 to .5 of an inch of rain. In review, our 2017 corn yielded 21 bushels per acre less than in 2016, but tied for our second-best yield. Our soybean yield was 1.6 bushels per acre better than 2016, but .7 bushels per acre less than 2015. Soybeans also made our second-best historical yield. The other story for 2017 was difficulty in controlling waterhemp and what future problems that presents. Local closing prices for Nov. 16 were nearby corn, $3.02; January corn, $3.23; new-crop corn, $3.43; nearby soybeans, $9.34; January soybeans, $9.36; new-crop soybeans, $9.42.
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.
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.
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.