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Tom Ritter

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

9/21/2018

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.

9/14/2018

A week ago, southern Macon County dodged a bullet, getting about 2 inches of rain. But the northern part of the county received 4 to 7 inches. Most southern area farmers resumed harvest Monday or Tuesday and have gone gangbusters ever since. About 25 percent of the corn has been harvested at moisture ranging from 17 to 21 percent. Yields have been outstanding with 240 to 250 bushels per acre fairly common. Just a few bean fields have been harvested, but no yields to report. The majority of beans are 10 days off.

9/7/2018

Harvest started this week, but not at the rate I thought it would. Many are waiting on a little less moisture in corn. We were pleasantly surprised that we harvested 18.8 to 21.4 percent corn. Yields are excellent with a lot of reports of 225 to 250 bushels per acre. Some may go higher but also below those figures. Soybeans are maturing rapidly, but most acres are two to three weeks off. After a day and a half of harvest, I am ready for a rest while we see how the remnants of Gordon slow us down.

8/31/2018

A report or two of farmers trying corn. Heard some high 20s for moisture but no yield estimates. There will be a lot more activity immediately after Labor Day. The biggest surprise is the earlier than normal dulling and yellow leaves on the soybeans. I was thinking October harvest for beans, but moving that up to mid-September. Better be a high yield because of the super low price. Been a while since I saw bean prices under $8.