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Ron Moore

Ron Moore raises corn and soybeans on his farm near Roseville.

10/12/2018

We received 4.5 inches of rain last week. The creeks are bankfull, and the tiles are running full. No harvest since the rain started. We should start again during the weekend. Harvest losses will be much greater now after the rain. Storage of this big crop will still be an issue with corn being put on the ground now.

10/5/2018

We received .5 inches of rain Sept. 29, which stopped harvest. This area has missed the forecast of lots of rain so far. Let’s hope it holds off until November. We are half done with harvest. Corn yields have held up well. Clay hills have been the only areas where the dry weather this year reduced yields. The same can be said for soybeans. Yields are very good for both crops on the better soils, but yields are significantly lower on the poorer soils.

9/28/2018

We only received .1 of an inch of rain last week. We did get quite a few soybeans harvested. Yields are very similar to last year, which were very good. Moisture was at 12 to 13.5 percent. We did run out of soybeans that were ready, so we switched back to corn. After a week of warm, sunny weather, moisture was at 16 to 18 percent. Yields were still outstanding, and the corn is standing very well. The corn does look like it is late October instead of late September. Markets have improved slightly, but are still way below the cost of production, even with the good yields.

9/21/2018

We received .6 of an inch of rain last week on two days. It was enough to stop harvest for a while. The next day, corn harvest continued. Yields are still very good. We found one variety that had some green snap some time ago. It hurt the yield by some 70 bushels compared to other varieties in the same field. There are some soybeans being harvested, but I have not heard any yields yet. Might be good if no one is talking.