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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.

10/20/2017

It was a very good week of harvesting. Dry weather has given many producers time to complete soybean harvest. Corn harvest is also going well with moisture levels going down. The ground is a little muddy yet for fall tillage, but drying. We don’t need any more rain, and the forecast doesn’t look good. Our area has received 2 to 4 inches of rain since harvest started, and it started out very dry. Markets don’t look to be going up. Too large of a nationwide crop. Our local ethanol plant is expanding, though. More corn!

10/13/2017

Harvest was going well until a rain slowed us up for a few days. Our area received 1 to 2 inches of rain. There are a few fields of soybeans left as they get more difficult to harvest with rain, fog and damp ground. Corn harvest is going well with moisture levels tolerable.

10/6/2017

Harvest is progressing with the dry weather. A rain event will be welcomed to settle the dust and even up these Group III beans that are left to harvest. Corn harvest has started with decent yields. Replanted and spotted-in corn planting is turning out much better than expected where rains fell this summer. Corn and bean yields will be highly variable throughout the county. WILL farm reports state that 36 percent of last’s year corn is still in farmers control. We will need a very large hiccup to get this market excited.

9/29/2017

It was a busy week of harvesting with the warm, dry weather. Many fields of soybeans were cut, sometimes with moisture levels down to 9 percent. Group III soybeans are a little yellow yet, but turning fast. We started 108-day corn down to 19 to 20 percent. Later corn is plenty wet with replant spots really spiking the monitor to higher moisture levels. Not a lot of corn harvested yet, as everyone is complaining of wet corn. Be safe and stay calm.