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Mercer County

Ken Reinhardt

Ken Reinhardt farms near Seaton in Mercer County.


Perfect weather to start harvest. I am harvesting group 2.4 soybeans. The yield so far is about average, which is good considering extended dry conditions during the growing season. Most people got started on corn last week.


No harvest progress last week with the frequent rains. Someone just north of the county line reported 15 inches the last couple weeks. I’ll have beans ready to cut as soon as it dries up. Most all of the corn will be of harvestable moisture. It looks like some dry weather is coming.


Storms Tuesday afternoon and night brought 4 to 9 inches of rain to the county. The wind was not as bad as anticipated. A couple fields of soybeans have been harvested and at least one cornfield was done Monday and Tuesday. The corn moisture varied quite a bit but averaged around 25 percent on a 106-day hybrid.


I had .6 to .9 of an inch of rain early in the week. Storms are expected late in the week. Early maturity soybeans are just starting to turn, so moisture may be too late for some crops. Corn that has died prematurely is likely to not be standing by harvest. A yield survey in neighboring Henry County had estimated yields ranging from 114 to 261 bushels with 107 samples.