The 2018 season hit a brick wall last week. Two-plus inches of rain with some snow and freezing temperatures put a damper on the fall season. Harvest is 95 percent complete and fall fieldwork progressed well. Fertilizer and chemical applications took the biggest hit as the applicators just got moving. Overall, this year was anything but average, with yields being near record or disappointing, and very little in the middle. Weed control was good, disease pressure was high, and standability became an issue late. It will take some time to get a good idea of what worked and what came up short, but we saw it all. Looks like we have some time to catch our breath before the grain lines start. Be talkin' to you in 2019.
Just as harvest was finishing, rain came. Two-plus inches brought much-needed moisture, but brought all further activities to a halt. A lot of dry fertilizer got down, but anhydrous and spraying were just getting started. When it dries up, the charge will be on. Be it this fall or next spring, there is still plenty of work to do. Let’s hope there are a few more field days available before winter.
With harvest winding down, next year is upon us. A lot of activity with dry fertilizer and tillage going on. With the current conditions, most are waiting on fall applications of anhydrous and spraying, but some trial runs are occurring. A few damp days should allow everyone some time to gear up for the next round. Time to sit down and see how well everything performed.
Good harvest days have been hard to find. That being said, corn harvest keeps chugging along while soybeans have offered more of a challenge. Corn harvest is into the final days, and by the look of the stalks it is none too soon. Soybeans have been more of challenge with the days getting shorter and dampness of the air making harvest progress a grind. The better weather this week should allow solid progress and get the ball rolling on next year’s crop.