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Gary Steward

Gary Steward of Toulon Il., grows corn and soybeans, and custom farms with his son, David.

10/19/2018

We picked corn last week and managed to get below 200 acres left to pick. We changed to beans Wednesday afternoon, and they were under 14 percent so we cut late Wednesday night. Beautiful clear skies but rather chilly for Oct. 17. Still, it was a good feeling to finally get back to cutting soybeans. Rule one of harvest is whenever beans are dry enough to cut, everything else comes to a halt. That’s how important it is to harvest beans. Photos of Iowa’s crop being wet, and beans popping out of pods are catastrophic. Corn harvest is getting down to the last acres. Stark County is probably 85 percent done.

10/12/2018

We were rained out last Tuesday when a couple of deluges hit us. There was very little harvest activity Wednesday into Thursday morning. We went back to corn and are waiting for the beans to dry out again. I would guess Stark County is 70 percent done with corn and 40 percent with soybeans. We need a nice Indian summer this week.

10/5/2018

Another good week of harvesting as many of us completed harvest before weekend rain. Seems like there are more soybeans left than corn in parts of the county. Fall tillage will be the next task in a more relaxed atmosphere. Elevators and farmers’ bins are full across the country. Is there anything that will move the market besides a 2019 drought or a Chernobyl incident?

9/28/2018

Everyone has the hammer down now to get this crop out of the field. Long days turn into tired farmers. Make sure you and your team are as safe as possible. Some farmers changed from cutting soybeans to picking corn as the early beans were all harvested. I’m hearing excellent soybean yields from several friends, but no one wants to admit actual yields. Lots of cornfields are disappearing. Corn yields in Stark County are excellent also, though maybe not quite as good as last year. A storm with 60 mph wind came through Tuesday with torrential rain. It blew trees and power poles down along with several cornfields. We ended up with only an inch of rain. It was so dry, everyone was back picking corn by 1 p.m. Wednesday.