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Macon County

Tom Ritter

Tom Ritter is a long-time Cropwatcher and farms near Blue Mound in Macon County.


It has been a very good year. Beans were outstanding, and corn was a little disappointing, but still respectable. At this point, fieldwork, tillage and even anhydrous is pretty well wrapped up. A little spraying of some fall application of herbicides. For the most part, farmers are cleaning up equipment and getting ready to start winter maintenance programs. Now that this crop is in the bin, we need to work on building some demand.


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At least 98 percent of the corn and beans have been harvested. It’s been a week of damp conditions, but no heavy rains. It was just annoying that it slowed some of the fieldwork. Quite a bit of tillage going on, and I’ve seen quite a few applying anhydrous ammonia. Farmers are off to a good start getting everything completed. Should have that easily accomplished next week barring heavy rains, and we will be set for the winter.


Rain last Sunday (Oct. 22) and the early part of the week limited harvest. Rainfall amounts were generally 1 to 1.5 inches. Harvest is wrapping up quickly with less than 5 percent of the corn and beans to be harvested. The moisture also put a halt to any tillage that was going on. Overall, farmers are very pleased with soybeans and pleased to a little disappointed with corn yields.