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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.

10/12/2018

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.

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.