When Monday hit, it was as if the green flag dropped. We started to see a few more combines roll. But north and northeast of me is a different story. Rain from the tropical storm dumped large amounts 50 miles north of us. Rain amounted to 7 to almost 12 inches in a 24-hour period. A lot of corn and soybeans are going to be a total loss. Corn I have been in is OK, but anywhere from 10 to 20 bushels less than last year. So, I don’t see USDA yield estimates being correct.
A little more harvest action took place last week. Some places saw nice showers that will help the beans finish out, but we still remain dry. A couple inches would be fine. Yields I’ve heard on corn are average for our area, but no real bumper like last year. As things start to ramp up, stay safe. It might take a few more minutes, but there no real shortcuts in life!
Light scattered showers for the week with a total of less than a half inch. Temps have been mild for the week. Crops are really headed towards maturity, and a few have nosed into the April corn and some Group II beans. Yields on corn are 20 to 30 bushels off what they were last year. Not really heard any bean yields yet. Had a chance to go down to the Olmsted Lock and Dam grand opening. Great to see what American workers can build, and most of all a huge improvement in the waterway system in the lower Ohio.
Another week of very little rain, with some light showers but no ground soakers like we need. All I can say is it’s better than 100 degrees and the sun beaming down. A friend of mine posted on Facebook this morning that the local grain bid for fall is the same price it was 10 years ago. So, think about that -- everything else is doubled or tripled in price, but what we get doesn’t. I leave you with that as my thoughts for the week!