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Larry Hummel

Larry Hummel of Dixon has been farming with his brother since 1975 in the corner of Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. They raise corn, soybeans, and a little wheat.


We wrapped up soybean harvest Tuesday and got back to corn Wednesday. It has been a nice stretch of harvest weather, but the forecast has more showers in the mix. One of our fields of corn broke over pretty badly while we were doing soybeans, but it's feeding into the combine OK. Others aren’t so lucky. A lot of reels have been mounted on corn heads and even that doesn’t solve the problem for some. A few fields are being harvested going one way and even at an angle to the rows.


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Harvest screeched to a halt with close to 4 inches of rain since my last report, but the weather has quieted and combines are starting to sneak back into the fields. There are a lot of horror stories about cornfields that were flattened weeks ago and are next to impossible to keep the corn feeding into the machine. Stalk strength is very poor and will continue to hamper efforts to get this crop in. Well over half of the soybeans are left to be harvested here in Lee County, so there will be a tough call to make. Harvest soybeans, as the clock ticks down for good harvest weather, or stay with the corn as stalks continue to deteriorate. Hopefully, this weather will hold and we can make a serious push to get this crop in the bin.


Not a lot of harvest activity this week. We were able to run a couple of days between the rain showers on corn, but the bean platform has not made it out of the shed. The decision as to which field will be harvested next is twofold - is there a firm spot to load trucks and how well is the corn standing.