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Brian Schaumburg

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.


This final report finds most farmers putting the finishing touches on a year that proved to be a real conundrum. We saw early flooding causing replanting, a dry summer, weeds, a cool August that produced tremendous grain fill, record yields and markets that trudge lower. That said, know that “All I have needed, thy hand hath provided.” Give thanks. Happy Holidays until next year.


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.


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.


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.