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Jimmy Ayers

Jimmy Ayers raises corn and soybeans on his farm near New City, which is five miles south of Rochester.

11/22/2019

Happy Thanksgiving. Most all the crop has been harvested. A few beans left and a little more corn left to be harvested. Be careful as times get shorter for harvest to finish. Certainly a year for problem solvers to shine. There was nothing normal about this crop year. Corn yields were better than expected and bean yields less than expected. Hard to understand why the markets have not responded better than they have. Great basis has helped overcome the board price. Pray for the farmers with much of their crop still in the field. Stress could be very hard on them. We are very thankful for the opportunities we have had in Sangamon County. Thanks to many of my neighbors who have had input in this weekly article. Hope everyone has a great winter and plans for next year are progressing well. Enjoy the holidays.

11/18/2019

Record setting week with 4.7 inches of snow Nov. 11, beating the old record of 1.2 inches in Springfield. The 9-degree temperature tied the record from 1911. About 5-10% of corn and a few fields of soybeans are left to harvest. Fertilizer and lime were applied along with anhydrous ammonia and ammonium sulfate, and fieldwork. Corn basis has been very strong. Thanksgiving is coming quickly. We’ve had a lot of struggles this year, but we all have a lot to be thankful for.

10/25/2019

Another great week for harvest. Corn and beans have disappeared from the landscape extremely fast. Some areas of the county have very little crop remaining. Anhydrous ammonia being applied on lots of fields. Most of the fields have fall tillage complete. Harvest is at 65% to 85% complete with some completely finished.

10/21/2019

Oct. 12 brought our first frost with a follow-up frost a couple nights later. Most of the crop has matured, and many of the replanted areas have damage. The extent of the damage is yet to been seen. Harvesting both corn and beans in the area with some switching corn and beans in the same day. Fall tillage is being done as fast as the fields have been harvested on many acres. Nearly all bean yields are lower than last year, and corn is both lower and better than last year but better than expected. Drowned out and waterlogged areas will have an effect on the overall average yields of the most productive land. Lots of activity on the farm and plenty of stress. Be safe and get a little rest to maintain good mental awareness.