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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.


Early last week, a welcomed rain swept across the county, but not all received as much as they would have liked. Reports were from 2.5 inches of rain to 0.3 of an inch with the heaviest to the south. We received 1.5 inches. Heat has really pushed this crop closer to maturity. Some have started harvest, but most of us need another week. Early reports are better than expected, but below last year’s yields. Markets are down. Some of our single inputs are 20 percent of our gross income.


Crops are ripening, machinery is getting ready and it’s getting really dry. No field activity yet. Looks like an Oct. 2 start date.


Cool weather has slowed crop maturity. Everybody wants another rain for the soybeans. Livingston County Corn Growers came up with a county average of 191.8. One of the agronomists believes this figure to be a little high, as they drove by many tough-looking fields with losses of nitrogen. Some areas are starting to dry up while others are very green. Farmers are busy getting ready for harvest and attending demonstration and plot days. Markets have a long way to go.


September is upon us as we will transition into fall. Corn and soybeans have a long way to go to maturity. Some areas are seeing corn starting to dry where our area is very green. Hot, dry weather will now be welcomed to push this crop along. Markets aren’t doing much, especially with an abundance of old-crop corn around.