We did not receive any rain last week. That led to lots of soybeans being harvested. We finished beans Oct. 23 and jumped into the last 200 acres of corn. We should finish corn this week. The moisture on corn was down to 15 percent, and there was lots of shelling at the head. Harvest losses are much higher than normal. Some of the corn is lodged due to the high winds we had. Yields are still good, but we are losing 10 to 15 percent of that good yield. Anhydrous ammonia is being applied now with the soil temperatures below 50 degrees.
We received .5 of an inch of rain last week. That makes more than 5 inches in the last two weeks. Soft ground has slowed harvest and made for muddy conditions for finishing harvest this year. Last Monday we started back on corn and Wednesday on soybeans. Moisture was close to 15 percent, but with 70 percent left to harvest we kept going. Yield and quality are still good despite the wet conditions. No anhydrous going on yet. Ground temperatures are still too high. Weather forecast is for dry conditions for the next week. Hopefully, we will finish soybeans before the next round of rain.
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.
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.