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.
Things are starting to heat up. A lot of machinery is being shuffled around and some corn is almost completely turned, making everyone a little anxious. Aerial photos are being thrown around showing the strengths and weaknesses of the year. Gray leaf spot moved in on the corn late and SDS is present in most bean fields, leaving everyone wondering how much damage it may have caused. With the 90-degree temperatures coming this week, I do not think we will have long to wait to find out.