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Jimmy Ayers

Jimmy Ayers raises corn and soybeans on his farm near New City, which is five miles south of Rochester.


Last week, we had spotty showers. It was a great week for harvesting. Combines were going hot and heavy in corn and beans. Corn is doing better than most guys expected, probably better than average. I’ve heard some tremendous bean yields, just unbelievable. Not sure where they’ll end up as we’re just getting into our beans. They’re in the 75- to 80-bushel range, a little bit above normal for us. We had a couple of field fires last week. You want to get your leaf blower out and clean off your machine if possible. Keep a tool from your shed ready so you’ll have it available to put out a fire.


We had no rain last week. Combines are rolling nearly everywhere in corn and beans. I talked with one elevator that dumped 150 loads of corn and 20 loads of beans. We started in corn with yields at 240 to 250 bushels. Crops are drying very fast with corn going from 28 to 19 percent in a short period of time. I’ve heard some beans under 13 percent. Quite a bit of hay was put up last week. Marketing is going to be part of the situation you just have to deal with.


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Last week we received an inch of rain. It really helped the beans. Beans are maturing. Fifty percent have a little bit of yellow. Twenty to 25 percent is the lowest moisture I’ve heard on 107-day corn. There have been a few plots picked. Nobody is hitting it too hard because they don’t want to give up drying dollars. After the holiday, several more will get into the field.