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Brian Schaumburg

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.

10/19/2018

Several good days for soybean combining has helped farmers whittle down the unharvested acres to less than 25 percent. Moistures are high, from 14 to 16 percent, but strong winds and dry air are helping bring those down to more acceptable levels. Fertilizer and lime are being applied. Some tillage is going now that it has dried up. Corn, $3.35; January, $3.51; fall ‘19, $3.61; soybeans, $8.05; January, $8.23; fall ’19, $8.74; wheat, $4.92.

10/12/2018

Three to 6 inches of rain put a halt to fieldwork of any sort. A few ventured into wet fields to harvest corn, but many are reluctant to cut ruts at this stage of the game. The remaining 45 percent of soybean acres will wait for drier conditions. WASDE numbers confirm a good crop, but one that has stopped growing larger. Corn, $3.32; January, $3.51; new, $3.61; beans, $7.96; January, $8.21; new, $8.78; wheat, $4.92.

10/5/2018

Crops are disappearing fast with corn 90 percent and beans well over 50 percent complete. Bean harvest will stall if a wetter forecast materializes. Some tillage and fertilizer applications are starting. Hope to make time for a wiener roast. Corn, $3.30; January, $3.49; new, $3.60; beans, $7.91; January, $8.19; new, $8.88.

9/28/2018

By Oct. 1, 90 percent of corn harvest and maybe 40 percent of beans will be completed. Green beans and pods are causing some of us to wait. Corn and bean moistures often run close to the same -- 13 to 15 percent. Basis continues to widen, especially where yields are better than expected. Our area is among the have-nots, with corn yields running 5 to 15 percent below 2017. Few, if any, records will be set. Beans are respectable, but nothing like areas south of Route 9. Corn, $3.24; January, $3.44; beans, $7.87; January, $8.15.