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Brian Schaumburg

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.

11/9/2017

NH3 applications are going on at a rapid pace. Soil temps in the 40s, and nitrogen stabilizers help that process. Cleanup, repairs and storing equipment are our jobs now. Input selection and pricing starts already. Bins are full and locked up tight. Most farmers are in the “hold and hope” phase of marketing. Corn, $3.17; January, $3.33; fall ‘18, $3.59; beans, $9.56; January, $9.71; fall ’18, $9.68.

11/3/2017

Harvest wrapped up and not a moment too soon. Records were set on many fields, and yields ranged from 240 to 265 and 72 to 88 for averages. Where these yields came from was anybody’s guess, but most credit a cool August and a systems approach to eliminating stress to the plants. Anhydrous applications, tillage, fall herbicide and cleanup are the jobs now. Corn, $3.15; January, $3.31; fall ‘18, $3.58; beans, $9.45; January, $9.65; fall ’18, $9.60.

10/27/2017

With harvest winding down, it appears the last 20 percent of the crop will be a little slower going as November weather predictions are unforgiving. A lot of tillage, fertilizer applications and cleanup will be done in less than ideal conditions. Hoping for a shot of Indian summer. Corn, $3.17; January, $3.33; fall ‘18, $3.60; beans, $9.36; January, $9.57; fall ’18, $9.54.

10/20/2017

A good week of harvest has a few farmers wrapping the season up, but the vast majority have a ways to go. Yields continue to impress, although later planted beans are 7 to 10 bushels lower. Corn moisture is slow to drop, likely due to heavy test weights. Hoping to finish this week. Corn, $3.15; January, $3.32; beans, $9.51; January, $9.71.