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Brian Schaumburg

Brian Schaumburg farms near Chenoa in northern McLean County.


Harvest has wound down to well under 10 percent of the crop left. Soil temperatures are in the mid-40’s, so some anhydrous ammonia is being applied. Tillage, tiling projects, equipment cleanup and fertilizer spreads are being done. We’ll take a couple of days off to see the “Grandmonsters.” Corn, $3.30; January, $3.44; fall ’19, $3.57; soybeans, $7.83; January, $8.01; fall ’19, $8.57.


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.


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.


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.