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Stark County

Gary Steward

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


Stark County received nearly 4 inches of rain Sept. 7-8. We haven’t started harvest yet, but some farmers picked corn Monday (Sept. 10). As the week went along, several more started on corn. A few cut soybeans by Wednesday afternoon. Most of our beans are still green. I haven’t heard any yields yet. USDA gave us another low blow with increased national yields for corn and beans.


Labor Day weekend brought more rain into Stark County. We had a half inch or so over the weekend. By Thursday afternoon, we had nearly 3 inches more. Several farmers started corn Tuesday. Reports I’m getting are that we have a good crop, and it’s drier than we suspected. Some 101-day corn was down to 23 percent and some 106-day corn at 26 percent. Soybeans are dropping leaves and turning golden yellow. On a couple trips over the weekend, I saw several bean fields very close to being ready to harvest when it quits raining.


Aug. 24 we awoke to 1.25 inches of rain that was welcomed by all Stark County farmers. Everyone had smiles at the Friday night football game. We will need to mow our lawn again. It won’t help our corn much, but it will fill out some soybean pods. Early beans are changing color quickly. A friend told me he will be cutting beans by Sept. 15. The hay farm is putting up a fourth cutting of alfalfa. Tuesday morning we got another inch of rain. Tuesday night a storm came through that included wind, but it didn’t blow any crops down. It brought us another 1.5 inches rain, so we’re in pretty good shape. Some will be combining corn by Friday with more starting after Labor Day.


We finally got a half-inch of rain Tuesday morning after a couple tenths during the weekend of Aug. 18-19. Some showers in the area were up to 2 inches. Whatever we received, it will help our soybeans. We have been working on our grain drying system to make sure we are ready to go after Labor Day. We still have some combine repairs to get done and some roadsides to get mowed before harvest starts. It’s hard to believe high school football started Friday night.