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Tom Ritter

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

8/24/2018

Had 1.5 to 2 inches of rain since the last report. The crop is pretty well made at this point. Damp conditions and moderate temperatures did not help the dry down on corn. Seeing a lot more brown leaves and ears pulling away from the stalk, so harvest will be coming within the next two weeks. I have seen a few fields of beans starting to dull and show some yellowing, but most beans will be five to six weeks from harvest. Farmers are getting storage ready and giving the roadsides another mowing before we get really busy.

8/17/2018

No major rains last week, but numerous spotty showers left some with a little extra moisture. We were definitely not in a deficit moisture situation, but soybeans probably benefited. Corn has definitely dulled in color, shucks turning brown and starting to lean away from the stalk. Cloudy with moderate temps may have slowed the drydown a little, but most are looking at just after Labor Day. Soybeans willstill need another six weeks or more. Everyone is getting ready for a big crop.

8/10/2018

No report

8/3/2018

Another beautiful week with more than 2 ½ inches of rain. Our local co-op ran its annual yield check on corn in southern Macon County, northeast Christian County and northwestern Shelby County. Samplings ranged from 201 to 243 bushels, with an average of the four locations being 222 bushels per acre.