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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.

9/21/2018

It was a hot week of harvesting. Many fields disappeared with the dry weather. Corn has dried to new levels for this time of year. Many dryers are shut off as corn is going directly to bins with no heat - a big savings on propane. Elevators’ drying revenue will be down, but storage should help make up the difference with these low prices. Yields are everywhere depending on a few summer showers. Ever have an air intake hose come off the turbo charger while combining soybeans? It's a very loud bang with lots of smoke and looks like a blown motor. A $5 hose clamp fixed the problem. Gotta love 1-800 KSR.

9/14/2018

Many of us started harvest last week combining corn and some early soybeans. Moisture levels have really come down on this early date in September with all the dry weather we have received. You are very much depending on soil types and who received showers in July/August. Be careful cleaning your back window in the grain tank of the combine; they do break. Have a safe and enjoyable harvest.

9/7/2018

Now that we are ready to start harvest, rain has delayed us. Some early corn has been harvested, but it’s been very spotty as farmers are waiting for corn to dry down. Soybeans are turning with the extreme heat we had. Mowing roads for the last time seemed to be the main activity. Have a safe harvest and stay calm.

8/31/2018

Another page gets turned on the calendar. Crops are ripening and harvest will start soon. Farmers are speculating on what yield is out there. Looking at ears of corn, the kernel depth is small or shallow, which can reduce yields by 30 percent. A nice 1.5 inch rain last week will help the late soybeans that are still green. It's amazing how the yards have greened up. The government is still working on trade differences.