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Tom Ritter

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


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Definitely no field work since last Tuesday night. It is very soggy and going to get wetter. With shorter and cooler days, it will be several days before activity can resume. What I thought would be an early finish has slipped away. Most tillage has been completed, but there is a lot of anhydrous to be applied.


Drizzle Thursday evening and forecast into Friday morning may slow or halt field activities. Only a few acres of corn and soybeans remain to be harvested. The majority of the tillage has been done and starting to see anhydrous ammonia tanks rolling. Definitely going to see field activity completed well before Thanksgiving.


Finally got a good run of several days of harvesting that allowed many to finish. Corn and soybeans are both more than 95 percent complete. The previous week of light showers did not add much accumulation, but allowed those with corn to keep going while those with soybeans had to sit on the sidelines. The biggest change in the countryside is all the socks (white bags) being used for storage of the surplus grain. A lot of dry fertilizer and lime has been spread, and the majority of the tillage has been completed. An early start coupled with decent weather is resulting in an unusual early finish to the season.