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Livingston County

Mark Kerber

Mark Kerber and his son raise corn and soybeans near Chatsworth in southeastern Livingston County. Mark is one of our longest serving Cropwatchers.

10/19/2018

After a rain delay of 10 days, everybody is back in the field doing something. Harvest is going strong with those who have crop to get out. Fall tillage is continuing with the ground drying out. After 3.5 inches of rain, the tiles are still not running. Fertilizer and lime are being applied as crop services are glad to be back to work. Hopefully with with fieldwork ahead of schedule, we will be able to do some land improvement projects this fall.

10/12/2018

Four days of rain has kept everyone out of the field for more than a week. There is a fair amount of corn and soybeans scattered around the county to be harvested yet. Cool and dry weather is predicted for a while, so we can continue with field activity. Elevators are making room for the next round of grain to come. The government stocks report was somewhat bullish, but still won't be a big market mover with this much grain on hand in the Corn Belt.

10/5/2018

Another good week of harvesting as many of us completed harvest before weekend rain. Seems like there are more soybeans left than corn in parts of the county. Fall tillage will be the next task in a more relaxed atmosphere. Elevators and farmers’ bins are full across the country. Is there anything that will move the market besides a 2019 drought or a Chernobyl incident?

9/28/2018

Another good week of harvesting with only two, half-day rain outs. Fields are disappearing at a fast rate. We got our cover crop of rye broadcast and worked in with a vertical tillage tool. Let's hope the weather holds for another month. Markets are ho-hum with large basis levels.