Not a lot of harvest activity at this point. We haven’t started yet. Local soybeans range from R7 to R8. Our earliest soybeans are Group 3.4 and should be ready by the middle of the week. Most local cornfields are now at R6 or physiological maturity. Shorter season hybrids are being harvested, and I have heard moisture is at 17 to 18 percent. I haven’t heard many yield reports at this point. Hot, dry weather in July and August will create a lot of variability in local yields. Local closing prices for Sept. 14 were $3.06, nearby corn; $3.31, January corn; $7.75, nearby soybeans; and $7.99, January soybeans.
Harvest started in a few area soybean fields, but it was brought to a halt Wednesday due to rain. We received .6 of an inch Wednesday. Another .5 of an inch has fallen, with rain falling as I write this report. Local soybean fields range from R7 to R8 growth stage. Some early Group II soybeans were being harvested. Local cornfields range from R5 to R6 growth stage. The milk line ranges from 70 to 100 percent of the way down the kernel. Farmers with mature fields were still waiting for the corn to dry down before beginning harvest. Local closing prices for Sept. 6 were $3.20, nearby corn; $7.78, nearby soybeans.
Rain finally arrived. We received .15 of an inch on Aug. 24 and .95 to 1.25 of an inch on our farms on Aug. 29. This was our highest volume of rain since July 6. We received 1.8 of an inch for the month of August. Since planting, only 60 percent of average rainfall has fallen on our farms. Crop appearances changed quite a bit with the 90-plus degree temperatures coming before the rain did. Local soybean fields range from R6 to R8 growth stage. Most local cornfields are at R5 growth stage. The milk line is 50 percent of the way down the kernel up to some fields already having reached physiological maturity or the R6 growth stage. Local moisture readings have tested 22 to 27 percent for the most mature corn. Harvest is getting close for some corn and soybean fields. Local closing prices for Aug. 30 were $3.07, nearby corn; $3.11, new-crop corn; $7.71 nearby and new-crop soybeans.
As portions of our area have been classified abnormally dry and in moderate drought by the most recent Drought Monitor, we did have some light rain last week. We received a range of .1 to .3 of an inch on our farms Aug. 17. Then, another .1 up to .3 of an inch of rain fell Aug. 20-21 in total. This was our highest volume of rain since July 14. Days with a temperature above 86 degrees have caused a lot of stress on local crops in dry soils. More heat is on the way. Most soybean fields are in the R6 growth stage, while a few have entered the R7. Most cornfields are at R5. The milk line is 30 to 60 percent of the way down the kernel where the ears are not already drooping. Looking at our drone photos, the difference between corn with fungicide applied and without is highly visible. Local closing prices for Aug. 23 were $3.13, nearby corn; $3.17, new-crop corn; $8.01, nearby and new-crop soybeans.