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Randy Anderson

Randy Anderson grows corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm near Galatia. He also operates a small cow/calf herd.

7/13/2018

Crops are hanging in there better than the CBOT is. But we could use a nice drink. Most of the corn has pollinated, and there a few fields of beans still being post-sprayed. Roadside mowing and getting fall equipment ready. The mood around with this market is like walking around late at night when you stub your toe on the corner of a piece of furniture.

7/6/2018

Hot and unbearable is the way to describe last week. Beans took off like a rocket with the moisture and heat, but there are concerns about corn as it’s started pollinating, so we could see some problems with that. Finishing up post-spraying beans and cleaning up spring equipment. Starting to think about fall things and get them ready. It will be here before you know it. NO comment on the grain market. I will leave it at that!

6/29/2018

All I can say is it’s a mess. Went from almost dought conditions to corn blown down and snapped off, and beans so wet that they can’t get post-sprayed. We had 4-plus inches last week, and storms that brought 60-plus mph winds. So, it’s going to make harvest a major headache. Corn is ready to tassel. Best of all, the grain market just keeps going in the into the RED! At this rate, there won’t be any gifts under the Christmas tree!

6/22/2018

What a hot week, but we finally got a much-needed rain. Corn looked like pineapple fields and beans were frozen in time. Spraying beans ramps back up after the rain. Wheat harvest is over. Went from last year to the best there was to some of the worst this year. Yields were half in some parts and test weights were from the mid-50s to the high 40s. Nevertheless, very disappointing. Had a chance to talk to some teachers that signed up for the summer ag institute. It was great to talk and explain how life on the farm is, and the day-to-day things we have to deal with.