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Kevin Raber

Kevin Raber farms near Browns in Wabash County. He is an original Cropwatcher.


Rainfall amounts from 5 to 10 inches fell last week. There was some flooding, but combines were rolling again by Wednesday. My corn has had extreme yield swings, with a swing of 100 bushels or more. My low ground was hurt by excess moisture in June, and sandy soil must have been hurt by our hot and dry weather in late July and August. Corn moisture is really coming down. Mine is averaging between 18 to 20 percent.


We had hot, dry weather last week. The heat was good for drying the corn crop, but the beans could use a good rain. Harvested corn has been highly variable in both moisture and yield. I hope to begin harvest tomorrow (Friday). However, our forecast includes a high probability of rain for the weekend.


A couple of rain events left us with approximately an inch of rain for the week. A few neighbors started corn harvest. I've not heard any moisture or yield reports.


The morning after I filed my last report, we received a little over an inch of rain. It soaked in quickly. The Wabash County Farm Bureau Yield Tour has been completed. The county average was 174 bushels per acre. That is about 7 bushels better than last year’s estimate. A big thanks goes to those who helped collect and tabulate the data for our county.