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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.


Been a good week. Starting to see the home stretch. Lime fertilizer and tillage is picking up. The markets went up, and the elevators took it on more negative basis.


Finally got a nice rain last week. From 1 inch to almost 2 inches in spots. Still able to pull trucks in the field, but won't take much more, then it gets real soft. I say two-thirds of the beans are cut and around half of the corn is out. River problems are still causing issues for the elevators. Most of it has to do with the locks.


A mostly dry week again here. Part of the farm received a couple of tenths Tuesday, but that was it. Bean moisture is running in single digits. Corn running in low teens on most fields. Wheat is being planted in the dust, and won't come up till it rains. Basis on corn and beans has slightly improved, but is still horrible. Just another reason we need a lot of new infrastructure in this country. The Ohio River has been closed at least once or twice a week for the past few weeks. That’s like having the whole interstate system around Chicago shut down. So, let's get on our soap boxes, and let Washington know!


Harvest is in full swing, or should I say, it's the dust bowl harvest. No rain to speak of in the past month and 90+ temps for the past few weeks. It is very dangerously dry here. Corn moisture has dropped to the teens, and beans are in single digits on moisture. Most farmers you talk to are pleased with yields, but the main talk is the basis levels and the outrageous delayed price charges at the elevators.