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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.


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.


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.


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.


August weather is in the air -- hot weather with a few rain showers. Kids are back in school and the Fairbury Fair is over, as we transition into early fall. Weeds have gone to seed whether they're in the road ditches, yards or fields. Preparation for fall harvest is underway and keeping the landscape trimmed. Machinery purchases are at a minimum compared to a few years ago. Corn has not black layered yet. Beans are starting to turn. Will this be a fall where prices climb during harvest? Probably not.