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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.


Well, another farming year is history. It was a grueling, stressful spring with much replant. But, after hard work and perseverance, we managed to get a good stand. Fall harvest started in September and drug out until November. Yields turned out fine, and most fall work is completed. Now, it’s time get our inputs in order for next year. Have a great winter, and see you at the Peoria Farm Show.


Last week wrapped up harvest for most of us. Tillage is the main event, along with cleaning up machinery. Fall burndown will start, as this is a key ingredient to controlling tough weeds. Fall NH3 application is also starting, but many have switched to sidedressing liquid N. Elevators and farm storage are full. Don’t look for free DP anytime soon. We need a drought like 2012 to get this market excited. Don’t let that be your marketing plan, though.


Harvest is getting more challenging with rain delays. We are on the downhill side of getting corn out, but a fair amount is left to go across the area. Dad always said, the last bushels were the hardest to get. Elevators are working overtime piling corn and running dryers. They do all they can to keep the doors open for us. Fertilizer and lime is going on as fall tillage has started. We need a dry November with Indian summer to get a lot of work done.


A 2.5-day rain event slowed harvest for a few days. One to 2.5 inches of rain were the totals. Extended dry weather will be nice to complete harvest and continue with fall tillage. Fall burndown is also an important step to complete to control undesirable weeds. Corn yields are better than expected, and soybeans met expectations. Markets are not very profitable.