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Mark Kerber

Mark Kerber and his son raise corn and soybeans near Chatsworth in southeastern Livingston County. Mark is one of our longest serving Cropwatchers.


This year is over for many but lingers on for some. A lot of tillage isn’t going to get done unless much drying is ahead. One big lesson learned this year by many of us is to never plant corn in June, take the prevent plant. Farmers are very optimistic as we plan for 2020. Have a great holiday season and winter.


Snow, wind and frigid temperatures started our week. Harvest continued a couple days later. We were fortunate the snow covered the ground and not the ears. It’s been 10 years since we combined with snow on the ground. Many of us completed harvest but there is still plenty to the north. Tillage has started back up. 2019 — a year to remember!


Last week turned out to be very busy with harvest. Started out a little muddy but got better every day. Sunny weather and winds dried out soybeans for those fields left. Many elevators have been closing early as they’re filling up with wet corn and slow drying. Fall weather has turned to winter. Will be plugging in trucks, tractors and combines overnight. What happened to global warming? Dry weather looks good in the forecast, but that can always change. Another year to remember, but not as bad as '09. We might make the Peoria Farm Show yet.


Last week only saw one to two days of harvesting after 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches of rain. Now another 1.5 inches of rain and snow has been added. We have never seen winter weather at Halloween in my lifetime. There is much corn to be harvested yet and a few fields of soybeans around. Most of corn left is June-planted and is around 25% to 32%. It will be a real mess the rest of the season unless rain holds off until Thanksgiving. We have fought mud other years, and it's no fun. Surprising that markets aren't responding to late harvest.