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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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We dodged chances of showers last week, but that is probably coming to an end heading into the weekend. Corn is more than 80 percent complete followed by soybeans at more than 60 percent complete. Most are concentrating on beans. Yields for corn have been 225 to 250 and often higher. Soybeans have settled into the 70 to 85 range on good soils. A fair amount of tillage has been done. Definitely looks like harvest will finish well ahead of average.


Rain early last week slowed harvest but enabled farmers to catch some rest and get reorganized. We had about an inch of rain, which stopped bean harvest but briefly halted corn harvest. Corn harvest is more than 80 percent complete and soybeans more than 60 percent complete. Yields have been tremendous on both crops, for the most part. A fair amount of tillage has also been accomplished.


Very dry conditions moved corn harvest along at a rapid rate as well as transitioning many into soybeans. Corn harvest is more than 60 percent complete here in Macon County and soybeans more than 30 percent. Corn yields are about 250 bushels per acre, with most of those yields coming on ground that is gently rolling. Flat, black ground may have suffered from too much saturation early. I have been hearing unbelievable bean yields of 75 to 85 bushels per acre. We will see if that holds as soybean harvest progresses. Looking forward to cooler conditions this week.