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Jeff Guilander

Jeff Guilander farms with his father Ronnie Guilander and brother in law, Terry Hall. They grow corn and soybeans, and have a small cow-calf operation. Jeff is a former Jersey County Farm Bureau president, and he has been farming since 1994.


Major rain that was forecast last weekend came up a little short. That being said, a lot of machinery was off and running early in the week. Corn harvest is moving right along with yields all over the map. Soybeans are ready with some switching to harvest them and putting corn on hold. Much like the corn, it is hard to put any consistency into figuring a yield. Looks like we will have to wait until the final tally to see what the true picture looks like.


More machines are moving every day. Yields and moisture vary by soil type and variety, making it hard to get a handle on which fields are ready and how yields will shake out. Corn yields seem common but not impressive, as harvest is just starting to heat up. Soybeans are also maturing at a faster-than-average pace. Some beans look better than others, but it will be a week before harvest takes off.


As of this writing, the expected heavy rains haven't shown up yet. Areas of 5-plus inches of rain are expected over the weekend, leaving everyone a little uneasy about the strength of this year’s crop. A lot of combines got fired up last week. A lot of reports in the low 20s with yields being similar to last year but bigger swings than normal in hybrid performance. Soybeans are maturing, and with a wave of rain will loose a lot of foliage and look more mature next week. But harvest is still a couple weeks away. Looks like this week a lot of questions will be answered.


A good week of drying is bringing this crop home in a hurry. A few showers with 90-plus degree heat has some corn in the high teens and dropping. Soybeans are turning with more sudden death showing up everyday, causing some to look more ripe than others. Looks like it is going to be an early harvest.