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Ken Reinhardt

Ken Reinhardt farms near Seaton in Mercer County.


It was a nice, dry harvest week. Soybeans are being cut after a long time away from them. The Mississippi is still too high for navigation. River terminals are getting full, and it will be late in the week before any barges can get here.


Four to 5 inches of rain for the week held up much harvest activity. The forecast does look dry for a good stretch, though. The Mississippi River is in major flood stage, shutting down elevators and barge traffic for quite some time. I am close to half done with harvest.


Just a couple showers during the week made for good harvest progress. It was fit to cut beans a couple of days. Forecast looks awfully wet for a while. The 114-day corn was testing 16 percent moisture the first of October. Pretty hard to believe.


Another round of severe storms blew through Tuesday. There were some wind gusts and around a half-inch of rain. There is some downed corn, but we missed the worst of the windstorms. Corn moisture is running from 14 to 27 percent, which is pretty amazing for September. My later maturity beans are yielding well, having taken advantage of the late rain we finally got.