As we draw to a close on 2019 and start thinking about 2020, we reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what to not ever do – like I can make that one more pass next to that wet spot. And how the political atmosphere is going to be in the next year. As we had time to go over yield data on corn, it’s gonna be anywhere from almost average to some fields 50 bushels off average. Beans and double crops were close to average, considering we had virtually no rain in August and September. As we set around the dinner tables the coming days, take time and think of the young and old that might not have a meal on the table, or even worse no one to have a meal with. May we all have a blessed year!
We wrapped up harvest just ahead of the fall blizzard and arctic blast. Set record lows that were more than 100 years old. Other than that, we sit back and watch the grain markets act like a teeter-totter. They go up, then down, then up a little, then down more! Seems like the traders are not interested in the late harvest and the quality of what some of the crop will be after harvest.
Finishing up harvest is like come to a snail’s crawl. Down to a hundred acres of double crops, and we can’t catch a break. We were able to cut one day last week. Couldn’t rain for two months, now it seems like it rains every two days. Harvest is about 90% complete. Yields were what I call fair, but most fields were below the five-year average.
It’s safe to say harvest is on the downhill slide. I say we are 75% complete on corn and soybeans. My wheat is looking good, but our last is struggling some from cool rains. However, I feel it be fine.