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November Crop Comments

Dec 02, 2008

Use this link to send us your comments about the crops in your local area. Be sure to send us your photos and videos! Comments will be edited for brevity and clarity.

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:

  • 11/30 - Grant County, Northeast South Dakota: We finished corn on 11-18-08 and tillage was pretty much shut down on 11-20-08 due to frozen ground. The July 31st wind storm 115-133 mph winds in our area cut yields heavily. The wind storm was 20 miles wide and 150 miles long, if you were in it (we were) the corn was flattened, and beans took heavy leaf and blossom damage. Yields on our farm ranged from 20-40 in beans with a 28 bushel average (500 acres). The corn will average 70 (500 acres) we cut 187 for silage, and sold to local dairy farmers. We also had flooding, drought, wet and late planting conditions, along with a 67 mph wind in late October, which broke over the corn which had managed to stand up and put an ear on after the first wind storm.  There is plenty of corn in the field in eastern SD, much is wet, some has snow in the fields. This has been a tough and disappointing year, now with the markets and financial turmoil; I am hoping to put 2008 behind us. We have watched our investments in ethanol dwindle to nothing, as the plants struggle to survive. Indeed a new government, financial, and marketing system is due.  Good luck to all!
  • 11/26 - Decatur, Illinois: The ground was still slick with frost when I found these combines finishing up corn harvest near Decatur, Illinois, this morning. The farmer told me the land had some water problems and portions had been replanted and the field was yielding 170 bushel per acre. Recent harvest delays have had more to do with local processors and elevators being clogged with corn than with bad weather. Everyone in this area seems ready to close the book on 2008--it's been a long season. Second photo of combine taken from the combine:  All full. The trucks couldn't keep up with the combines this morning outside of Decatur. Far in the background, gravity wagons also sit full.  Long lines at local processors means waiting on semi-trucks to return before harvest could continue.

  • 11/26 - Crittenden County, Kentucky: The local paper said crop yields were a pleasant surprise.  A 3” rain the night after planting took care of good yields for us, but this time last year this barn was only half full of hay bought from Oklahoma.  This was a better hay year, and a better pasture year.  We’re glad for that.  Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 11/26 - Effingham County, Illinois: My son took this photo and I think it sums up harvest in south-cental Illinois. Crops were very good despite late planting, but corn dryers were probably used more this fall than the last ten years combined! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  • 11/26 - Northwest WisconsinBeans were consistently very poor. Average 21.85 across 2000 acres. Varied from 9 to 38 bu. per acre. Our corn harvest is about done with yields averaging around 120. Moistures have been stubborn to come down and so has LP gas price. Corn yields are all over the place. Corn in the area is about 80 percent out.

  • 11/26 - LaMoure County, Southeast North DakotaInteresting year!  Started harvesting in early August and finally parked combine in the shed on November 19.  Hard red spring wheat crop was excellent.  Soybean yields were below average, 25-30 bushel/acre. The hot, dry summer coupled with the hot winds over Labor Day weekend virtually finished off any prospect of a good soybean crop. Ironically, corn harvest was a struggle because of cold, wet conditions. Snow, ice and rain made for a challenging harvest.  My barber reminded me the other day that we have two seasons in ND, good sledding and not so good sledding. We finished combining corn last week. Yields were above average, 160 - 170 bushel/acre.  Everyone take care out there, be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • 11/25 - Pemiscot, MissouriThe crops are all out here the cotton was very good to average about 1400 lbs around southern Dunklin County to about 700 lbs around the gumbo. Soybeans were the best we had in years, dry land was making 45-60 with some irrigated running in the 60 to 80 bushel range. Rice was off a little with the cool fall and the wind we got from Ike yields from around 120-180 bpa.  Most of us are still storing beans and rice, there has been a lot of grain tanks put up around here this year....
  • 11/25 - Walsh County, Northeast North DakotaI hand shelled some corn over the weekend---still at 35% moisture. We may have to wait till spring to get the corn.   Made a pass in the sunflowers this afternoon......still small chucks of ice in the sample, coming from the ice storm we had 2 weeks ago.  The heads are frozen solid, and break into a million pieces when they hit the combine cylinder, as result, we can not clean up the sample and get all the wet stuff in the grain tank.  I am giving up on the flowers, put in a call to the crop ins. agent....  In addition to the moisture trouble, the ice caused about 50 to 70% stalk breakage.  Hope they zero out the crop so we can quit trying.  Yield on the 170 acres we did combine before the ice storm was excellent, about 2000 lb/ac.  These wet, high dockage sunflowers are causing lots of handling problems...everyone is having grain dryer fires.  North Dakota probably has a couple million acres of corn still in the field. 
  • 11/25 - Central Stearns County MinnesotaI just read in this blog that in southern Stearns that crops are not very good. Only 20 miles from here and such a difference. Just goes to show how the rain or lack of can make such a difference, 160+ here. Talked to a farmer today who is having auction tomorrow who is renting out his land .He said he can make more that way than farming it himself. If grain prices don't get quite a bit better he will be absolutely right sad to say. Makes one wonder about the Person doing the renting. Good Luck.  

  • 11/25 - Northwest LouisianaOn the Red River valley which is quite small to most of you guys.  60 days of NO rain from June 15 till Aug 12 fried my cotton then Gustav and Ike blow what WAS there on the ground!!!
  • 11/25 - Rice County, Southern MinnesotaCorn is mostly done. Some farmers have a few acres left. Corn yields were all over the place, 50-200 in the same field. Average moisture 20%. Soybeans where very disappointing, averaging 39 bushels an acre. No more tillage will get done now frost is down 6-7". It has been a tough fall doing field work snow and rain coming at the wrong time.  
  • 11/25 - Harrison County, Western Iowa: Finished putting on NH4 on Nov.21st. Last of the field work done. Bins are full of 19 to 20% corn with fans running. There will be close to 20,000 bu shrink by weight or dock at Cargill, depending how dry it gets before the contracts are due. Will our 12 billion bushel corn crop shrink 6 to 8% or is the shrink already figured? Maybe next summer USDA will find 700 million bushel corn was lost and the carry over tight. Who knows? Beans in our county were 10 bu. less than average. Too dry in late July and August.  Almost all harvest will be finished next week. Happy Holidays. 
  • 11/25 - West Central MissouriWe finished harvest and drilling wheat over the weekend.  Didn't put in all the wheat we had planned, but getting so late we are stopping.  Best corn was planted in late June-yielding less that 90. Beans were from 47 for the earliest planted in late June to 13 for those planted mid July.  Most of our beans were planted in July...and the prevented planting that we finally claimed on the last acres will give us the most profit!

  • 11/25 - Northern Kossuth County, IowaWe feel good to get 90% of the tillage done so we have a chance to get better yields next year.  This years were very disappointing, 160 bu/a avg. over 2000 acres mostly corn on corn.  It ranged from 110 - 190, the 110 was on a corn on corn field that was apply with manure but didn't have any fall tillage done to it.  The beans were good 53 - 62, the lower yields were Vistive for us.  Let’s hope the snow melts and the weather improves so anyone can finish up!

  • 11/24 - Marion County, IowaWill finish corn tomorrow yields are all over the place the farther you go south in the county the worse they get, have talked to some guys that averaged only in the very low 100’s our yields are from 110 average to 205 on corn and beans from 32 – 54 that overall is below our historic average. Have all of our gas on but there is a lot to go yet, our local coop said Saturday they need two perfect weeks of hard running to have a chance to get most of it done. The fields are a wreck lots of erosion and terrace blowouts it is going to be a lot of work for everybody to repair them. Have been traveling around the 50 mile radius of our area and have seen a least 2.5 mil in overflow storage not being used not sure where the high carryout is coming from for next year but not in this area.  

  • 11/24 - Northeast South Dakota123 on alfalfa breaking planted 4-22 had stalk rot and left quite a bit in the field came out at 13-15 percent moisture and 195 dry yield at 22-27 percent moisture.  Beans were 33 on a 80 acres that looked so good was sure they were 50 to 47 bushels on a piece that looked so good was sure it would be 50 bushel, both fields had everything from cruise maxx seed treatment to headline and bug spray. Strip till on the corn and no-till soybeans, do custom and the tillage crops were noticeably less corn 100-190 beans 19-32.
  • 11/24 - St. Clair County, Southwestern IllinoisHarvest is finally winding down here.  This year was the strangest I have ever witnessed.  We had numerous "big" rains in the spring that kept us from planting any corn until the first week of May.  The corn we planted the first week of May never came up due to another "monster" rain.  We finally got some corn in the ground Memorial Day Weekend and finished up in the first two weeks of June.  My corn averaged almost 190 "dry" for this season.  My beans averaged just over 55bpa and my double crops averaged 50bpa.  I can't believe the bushels we produced as late as this crop was put in the ground.  It's hard to believe that grain prices have come down over fifty percent from their June/July highs.  We did not have a dry spell of over two weeks the entire growing season.  Our rainfall from March to the beginning of September was in the forty (yes I said 40) inch range.  We are going to start fall tillage this week and hopefully fertilizer prices will come down next spring.  The only bonus with this late harvest was diesel prices and LP gas got cheaper every time the fuelman pulled in the yard.  My crop intentions are still up in the air based on the current commodity prices.  One thought in the back of my mind is to rent out all of my land and take 2009 off.  It seems foolish to put a crop in knowing you are going to lose money.  I wish the folks out in the Central and Northern Plains the best of luck.  I know your harvest has been hell.  I have been reading quite a few comments about the lack of piles at the elevators this fall.  I have noticed the same trend in this area as well.  Is it possible more folks put up bins prior to the 2008 harvest?  Just curious? 
  • 11/24 - Northwest OhioHarvest done about 2 weeks ago. Weather was great for harvest, not that great of harvest. Most elevators are about 2/3 full. Most farmers are glad it’s over. Not sure that we’re ready for next year. Lucky we have not pre bought yet.  

  • 11/24 - Crawford County, IllinoisCorn yields (dry):  High-208, Low-136, Ave.192; Bean yields:  High 57, Low-31, Ave.-45.
  • 11/24 - Southern Stearns County, MinnesotaIt’s another year for crop insurance pay out. Rain stayed away to long this summer, 4 th year in a row where Insurance had to pay on the lighter soil. Anywhere from a stalk with no ear to 80 bu. On the heavy black soil.  Same old story with beans.  It’s getting old. 
  • 11/24 - Atchison County, Northeast Kansas: Crops are pretty much out. 95% corn and 90% soybeans are done. Still a few stragglers. Basis levels have narrowed up considerably in this area except for the local Cargill elevator. They seem to be more concerned about buying cheap grain 11 cents cheaper than two miles down the road! Maybe they are too focused on their premium offers and propricing contracts. Lots more NH3 going on the fields this week and probably increasing next week. Temperatures are getting colder, winter is coming. Yields on corn were good at 150 bpa and on beans 48 bpa. 
  • 11/24 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central IndianaWe are down to a big 20 acres left on corn. We got back in the field here on Nov. 19 and 20. This morning (Nov. 21) we had over 3" of snow on the ground and it snowed until noonish. Less than 10 miles south of here they have no snow.  Lake Effect (LE) snow came on us with a vengeance. Yields are from 140 to over 200 (in the same field) average is going to come in around 145 on waxy and 150+ on white corn.  We don't raise any commercial corn.  Moisture was running right at 15 on the last half of our corn harvest.  Soybeans were from 37 to 55.  Group II's were better than our Group III's.  It's getting time to put this one behind us.

  • 11/24 - Lebanon, PennsylvaniaDouble crop beans are running in the mid 20’s to mid 30’s.  Snow is hampering harvest. A lot of corn still standing in the field.  Cover crops planted after silage and some early corn grain/full season beans are really growing well. Legumes planted early like crimson clover got a good enough jump to nodulate.  Cover crop rye is well established.  Diacon radishes in some cases have a tremendous tap root while later plantings are small and most likely after this weeks cold temperatures done for the winter.  Still some growers planting cover crop rye.  Winter Wheat and barley stands appear to be ideal but  I have not conducted any stand counts to date.

  • 11/21 - South Central NebraskaHarvest is in its final stages, when it resumes from the latest rain delay, another 5 days will pretty well finish it. The corn crop was a monster ... but the weird thing about this large corn crop, the elevators aren't full and their isn't mountains of grain piled on the ground. Maybe USDA grossly underestimated supply. Makes you wonder, eh? At present, my crop mix plans for 09 are 60% beans 40% corn simply because I’ll lose less money on the beans.  

  • 11/21 - Delaware County, Northeast IowaFinished corn on Tuesday November 18th, corn was standing very straight and yields were very good, this field averaged right at 200 bu per acre, 178 overall acres this year at 16-17% moisture, sunshine is a blessing. There is still about 20 % of corn in the field here in Northeast Iowa. 

    -- Dean Holtz, Manchester,Iowa

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  • 11/20 - Stearns County, MinnesotaGround is now frozen to the point no more tillage possible. We are hoping to finish corn harvest by this Sat. The corn is still in the 20 to 24 % moisture. No snow here yet and no problems getting stuck. Tremendous yields with a lot of 200 bus corn. Beans could have bean better. We are very thankful for the good harvest that we have been given and Thank God everyday for that. Keep the faith and good luck to all who still have harvest to go.
  • 11/20 - Graham County, Kansas (Hill City area)Hello fellow farmers: What a year, $7 corn, $10 wheat and now this fall a harvest with below breakeven prices again. Makes me and my banker uneasy. One year that everyone will remember for a long time to come, and it’s not over yet. 1/2 the corn and 1/2 the milo still unharvested, and with the 2 weather fronts the past month with 50 and 60 mph constant winds for 8 to 16 hours has taken its toll, mostly on the milo.  We can harvest 1 or 2 days, and then sit for 5 days to a week to allow the crops to dry down below where our grain companies will take it.  The few beans in our area are all harvested with yields in the 8 to 48 bu range.  21 bushels is normal for this area.  Milo running from the low 40s to 120 bu an acre where they got a crop saving rain by mid June. The rest of the area got its needed rain almost a week too late for the milo, and ended up with the 40 to 70 bu milo. Dryland corn is mostly in the 90 bu to 120 bu area.  Most corn under circles is still too wet to harvest in the high teens to low 20s, so yield data is not known at this time.  Most of our grain companies are shutting us down at 14 to 15% with milo, and 16% with the corn. Very little grain is forced dried in this part of the state. Hang in there everyone, and remember, its a lifestyle, not the income.. RIGHT! 

  • 11/19 - Lane County, Kansas Frustrated by one of the slowest fall harvests in years, the corn and grain sorghum finally dried down enough for local farmers here in Lane County, Kan., to get closer and closer to harvest completion. Milo yields ranged from high to low depending on where it rained. A lot of milo made only 25 to 35 bu/acre on the low end to 75 to 80 on the upper end. With prices of only $2.79/bu., many farmers clearly weren't in the big of a hurry to get things done. Most of the wheat is up and doing alright thanks to a wet October. The slow and wet harvest, though, caused planted wheat acres to suffer.  

  • 11/18 - Terry County, West TexasPeanut harvest at full speed. Ten more days of good harvest weather and 95% of the peanuts will be out of the fields.  Milo harvest just getting underway.  Lots of combines coming in to help from up north.  Yields range from 1500 pounds to 3500 pounds per acre.  Irrigated from 5000 to 7500 pounds per acre.  Cotton harvest around 25% complete.  Not much excitement over the cotton harvest due to rock bottom prices.  Looks like the U.S.D.A. will own this cotton crop.  Don’t think there will be any money left for a bailout.  Already to many lined up in the country.  Have a safe end  to  this harvest season and a happy Thanksgiving.
  • 11/18 - Southwest IndianaWheat planting around here (western Missouri) is almost non-existent due to very high P & K prices. I am 60 and have never seen everyone PULL BACK like this as the math just doesn't work for wheat. 
  • 11/18 - Monroe/Livingston County, New YorkAbout an inch of snow this morning, first real snow this year. Still have 150 acres of corn left most right near the bins so it will go fast when we get room. Corn has been much better normal 175-210 bu. I had figured for 150 and myself and everyone else is scrambling to find room for the crop. Beans were good as well 58 bu. I'd say 50% of the corn is still out in this area and if the weather stays snowy it will be after Christmas before it's all in the bins. 

  • 11/18 - Walworth, Rock County WisconsinThe yields here are 20-70 bu. off of the last 5 yr avg. I just finished my best field, same hybrid as last year and same field and it is 44 bu. less and 4.5 points wetter. It is nice to here that others are doing well but the bragging and truth stretching does not do any of us any good. One of our local elevators usually has over 1 million bu. piled by now and not a kernel on the ground. Poor yields and plenty of rail cars (must be poor yields else where) have kept them from piling. Good luck to all and happy thanksgiving.

  • 11/17 - Stearns County MinnesotaFinished our corn harvest on Saturday as well as all tillage.  Excellent corn yields for this area 180-200 bushel/acre.  Corn moisture was still quite high 21-23%, but old farmer’s almanac predicting a nasty winter; hated to leave it in the field any longer.  Propane prices have dropped to $1.71 gallon...
  • 11/17 - Southwest IndianaWe have gotten 2 half inches of rain over the past three days and still raining. We are at a stand still with harvest we are completely done with soybeans but have a little over 200 acres of corn left. Yields for corn have been really good for us 150-175 bu/a. but been staying wet in moisture 18-25% dryer has been busy. Good luck to everyone wrapping up harvest. 
  • 11/17 - Brown County, Northeast KansasCorn and soybean harvest nearly finished. Average yields are 160 and 45 respectively. NH3 going on for a few, but next week big time. 

  • 11/17 - St. Clair/Madison County, Southwest IllinoisFirst crop beans are all harvested with most yielding in the 50’s.  Some reports of 60’s and some reports of high 40’s so I would think the average will fall in the mid 50’s for most.  Double crops are probably 90% harvested and most have run somewhere in the mid 40’s.  A good 5-10 bushel above average.

    Corn continues to drag on for a couple reasons.  First it has been showering every other day for the past week so not much progress can be made in down corn.  Secondly moistures of the June corn are still in the 19-21% range so those without some type of reasonable drying facility can’t get much dried in a day.  Thirdly the yields continue to be above average which has caused for lack of storage at the elevators and a struggle keeping the crop away from the combine.  I would estimate corn harvest at 60%.  The May corn is all harvested and most yields were above 200.  The June corn is really not much behind it.  We have harvested 1/3rd of our June corn and we are still seeing yields at or over 200.  I suspect many of us will harvest our largest yielding corn crop ever.  I look for our farm average to be at or near 200, a hurdle we have only eclipsed once before.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have dreamt these kind of yields with June planted crops. 

    The early planted wheat is up and can be rowed, and other than being a week or two late looks pretty good.  The late week October planting has yet to come up and is still very questionable what will ever appear.  I would estimate about 5% of the acres in my local area have been planted to wheat.
  • 11/17 - Fayette County, Northeast IowaI concur 100 % with the other writer from Fayette County. We haven't had any real good beans since 2005, mine made 48 this year. Pioneer's new Y (I think) high yielding soybeans are supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread, but I bet in a year like this they'll make 48 too. And for only 18 bucks an acre more!! What a deal!! I had a very fertile, well tiled 160 that was corn on corn that made 140 (also Pioneer) and I was very disappointed, but I shouldn't be surprised. That corn looked so sick from when all the rain fell in mid June until the Fourth of July, it couldn't have turned out any other way. I can't help but think there are a few nice days coming yet, we'll all get done, but I sure hope for good luck for those Dakota folks. I kind of shrugged it off when my crop insurance agent told me I could insure 800 bucks an acre on corn, but now she's one of my best buddies !! It's raining again now so I believe I just may give the Dekalb guy a call. I have been with Pioneer's deferred payment program since it's start in '94 I think, but interest free or not, they can have that crap. The two best things about this crop year are the insurance check and the fact that it will soon (I hope) be over.

  • 11/14 - South Central, IowaRain and more rain...we have about half of our corn yet to combine and we have not set a wheel in the field for close to 2 weeks now!  There is no way we can get to some of our fields at all without a freeze at this point.  We have water standing on the flat ground.  We had pre-paid for our NH3 this fall...I don't know how we could put it on even if we wanted to at this just wouldn't seal in all the mud!  Guess we just need to worry about getting this year out before even thinking about next year.  We have neighbors that still have half of their beans and half of their corn yet to go with the late wet spring we had I guess we are better off than others in our area...for whatever that is worth!  :-) 

  • 11/14 - Southeast North DakotaSugar beet harvest halted with 30,000 acres abandoned.  We have had 13 inches of rain since September 1.  Can’t even walk in the fields.  There must be 90% of fall crops to do here.  We need COLD weather (never have wished that before).
  • 11/14 - Fayette County, Northeast IowaSome guys in this area wrapping things up. Yields vary, sometimes by a lot. My beans went 45 avg. and my corn is yielding 155-160 avg. I still have 90 acres to go out of 417. It is raining again and the fields are greasy. The corn is running 18-22 for moisture. I am hoping next week to finish with corn but still have about half of the stalks to chisel plow. I have been putting some potash on my stalks but will wait till spring for dry fertilizer on bean stubble and "N". Have a good year!!

  • 11/13 - Central NebraskaWe received another 1.09 Monday night (rain, freezing rain, snow). This brings our precipitation total for Oct 1- Nov. 11 to 10.52 inches. About 50% of the corn has been harvested. It will be at least Monday before we will be able to go again??? May have to wait until the ground freezes. The two windstorms with winds of 50 – 63 mph, lasting for hours, has resulted in a lot of broken stalks -- slowing harvest down even more. 2008 is going to be our latest and longest harvest season ever. Hopefully it won’t go in to 2009!!!
  • 11/13 - Southwest OhioFinished double crop soybeans, some 50 bu.  Soybean avg. for year 43, corn 186, 140 ac of replant spot-in left.  Everyone is wrapping up harvest here finally. 

    -- Southwest Ohio

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  • 11/12 - Northeast NebraskaIt’s cold, we’ve had 2 inches of snow and have stopped harvest...just can’t get more then 2 days before bad weather again. I’ll say maybe 50% of corn harvested. We just can’t get it dry...a lot is still 20 to 22% yet. Last Thursday/Friday we had strong winds and snow again, resulting in more broken stalks. End of this week going to be more strong winds, more down. By the time we get done might be half a crop...
  • 11/12 - Edmunds County, North Central South DakotaA lot of corn and sunflowers are still standing.  We missed the big snows of last week.  We had 4-5 inches with strong winds.  The past 2 mornings we have had freezing fog, and this morning freezing drizzle.  Both have kept the combines in the yards.  The range corn is down to 16-18% on the moisture and the Bt corn is in the low 20's.  The corn is busheling great for this area, in the 140-160 per acre.  I don't think there have been enough flowers cut to get an idea on the averages. 
  • 11/12 - Clinton County, Illinois: Put the last of the corn in the bin at 2 this morning at 20% moisture as the rain was just starting. A little wetter than what I like to, but corn don't dry in the field after veteran's day(and a big thank you to all that have served) and with the standabilty problems with all the late planting this spring. I'm just glad this crop's in the bin. Most of the beans are out in this area with a few double crops to go. Quite a bit of corn to go. Storage was gone 2 weeks ago and 70 cent carry till Dec. shut anybody without bin space down. Talked to a dairyman on the other side of the county that is still trying to fill silo cause they have to go one  way to pick up the crop. Most people in Southern Ill don't know what green snap is, but we sure got an unpleasant introduction this year. Wheat is all over the board this year with some not able to get crops out in time and others saying with these fertilizer prices, they can't afford to raise wheat, and the neighbor saying he can't afford to raise corn. Think I'll see what chicken litter is running a ton. 
  • 11/12 - West Central Illinois, Greene County: Harvest is winding Down. We finished corn Saturday evening.  Most farmers are happy with the yields.  Lots of fall field work is being completed.  Some anhydrous is going on.  I am applying the dry fertilizer that is prepaid, but I am waiting on pricing NH3.  I don't like to apply NH3 in the fall anyway.  Those farmers who do help me out when it is time to apply mine in the spring.  Rained last night and this morning, but field work will resume later in the week if no more rain falls this week. Seed corn is paid for, but have not committed to any beans yet. My sympathies to the farmers in North and South Dakota.  The picture of the farmer cutting beans with water standing between the rows was fascinating.  I would have liked to see what the field looked like behind the machine!  I would guess that if the cutter bar touched the ground, the mud would stick to it, and you would be out of the cab digging the mud out of the guard points.  Stay safe out there and have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  • 11/12 - Kidder County, North Dakota:  Received 2 inches of rain and 9 inches of snow in the last storm. Tried the corn today. Worked OK until the temp went above 20 degrees. Completely plugged the combine with snow from front to back. Have it in the shop with a Knipco blowing in it as we speak. Have to have some warm weather to melt the snow off the ears and stalk or very cold weather to be able to combine again. Corn yields average at best 170-180 irrigated and wet (22.5%). Will be drying every bushel this year. We are 40% done with our corn with alot of people not even started yet. A lot of corn every place you look. Going to be a long winter......

  • 11/11 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: Harvest continues to move along as the corn is finally down to 17-18% moisture in the field.  I believe everyone should be done by Thanksgiving assuming the weather continues to cooperate.  My double crop beans averaged 47 bpa which was by far my best ever.  The June corn is running 175-190 bpa which is below the 200-205 corn that was planted in May.  We had quite a bit of corn that was knocked down by "Ike" and the corn flat on the ground seems to be everyone's best around here.  (Go Figure.)  The corn flat on the ground is running around 190 bpa while the corn standing in the same field is running 120-180 bpa.  I have seen some crazy numbers on my yield monitor with 80-310 bpa in the same field.  We lost quite a bit of anhydrous in some areas due to all of the rain we received this spring.  Some fall tillage has begun with very little fertilizer being applied. 
  • 11/11 - Benson County, North Dakota: We received around 12 inches of snow.   Looks like most corn will be combined in the spring.  We also received 1 inch or more of rain before the snow came.  Sure made for a lousy deer hunt last weekend.  Have a good Thanksgiving. 

  • 11/11 - Ottawa County, North Central Kansas: Most soybeans and corn are harvested. Still maybe 25-30% of grain sorghum to be cut.  Many reports of 48-49 bu. yields for beans which is above average for us.  Many 30-40 bu. double crop beans. Grain sorghum seems to be running in the 115-125 bu. range.  Most soybean land went back to wheat which is fairly normal. Don't see much wheat following sorghum since it is getting so late with rain on the way for the next two days.   

  • 11/10 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Hard freezing rain on Thursday, Nov. 6 covered everything under a layer of thick, crystal clear ice. Every tree branch, twig, and blade of grass is about .75 inch thick.  Power lines were down, trees, etc. The sunflower harvest was less than 50% complete. We had 20 to 40% stalk breakage. Corn harvest had not begun--it  to, is covered with the ice. We will need a few nice days to melt the ice off, some drying time, and then more cold to completely freeze the ground...all this without any snow. Total precipitation from this storm was well over 2 inches.  All the drainage ditches, streams, are running full. It looks like the end of March with spring runoff at its peak. Huge sheets of ice cover many acres in the fields. 

  • 11/10 - Northeast North Dakota: We received 2 to 3 inches of rain in the past 3 days, with snow ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches. This is bad enough, but this already on saturated soils that producers were struggling to get off late season crops soybeans, edible beans, sunflowers, and corn.  Soybeans and edible beans are history now; we will need to get some warmer temperatures to melt snow off. The corn and sunflowers will need cold temperatures to freeze the ground so we can travel the fields for harvest. Lots of field work left to be done, so next spring will be a challenge to get crop in on short planting window. In NE ND possibilities of poor crop in 2009 could be already set.   

  • 11/7 - Stearns County, Minnesota: Corn yields in central Stearns are way above expectations (180-200+). Two inches of rain yesterday will put a stop to harvest for a few days. Bean harvest is pretty well complete, but a lot of corn still out, moisture all over the place, 20 to 30% not uncommon. Most corn is standing well, a few varieties are showing some stalk breakages. 

  • 11/7 - Valley County, Central Nebraska: Most of the beans harvested around here.  One half of the corn harvested.  Yields seem to be above average on beans and corn in areas that were not flooded in the spring or hailed in the summer.  Corn yields averaging between 180 to 200 bushels per acre.  Moisture between 17 and 19%.  It’s snowing now. 

  • 11/7 - Northwest Iowa: Soybeans done and about 10% to 15% less than normal.  Corn 80% done.  Some hybrids still 20% moisture.  The 60 mph winds on Nov. 2nd knocked down a lot of corn and now were leaving 10 to 15 bushels in the field.  Corn yields have been variable.  Heavy wet soil types not so good, light well drain soils are doing very well, but after the strong winds we are less than normal. Rain and snow forecasted for this weekend will not help that situation.

  • 11/6 - Richland County, Southeast North Dakota: Here is a picture of our soybean harvest: 

    -- Richland County, Southeast North Dakota

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  • 11/6 - South Fulton County, Illinois: Corn avg. of 229 bushel when dried to 15.0 moisture. This compared to 209 last year. 

  • 11/6 - Rooks County, Kansas: Just finished up cutting beans and corn and finally off to the grain sorghum (800 acres).  Soybeans averaged in the 40-50's (excellent for western Kansas).  Corn averaged in the 130-140's (also excellent for western Kansas).  Have been extremely wet for the months of July, September, and October (double average rainfall totals for the year).  Last 2 weeks have been dry and finally getting the crops out of the field, due to the month late harvest, local area will have smaller wheat acres next year (no double crops behind beans or corn).  Other local farmers reporting grain sorghum averages of 120's. 

  • 11/6 - Ramsey County, Northeast North Dakota: Finished the soybean and pinto bean harvest a couple of days ago. Soybeans were about 80% of average but all got harvested.  Pinto beans that were harvested wet, about 90% of normal but about 10% of the county did not get harvested because the ground was too wet.  Waiting for the ground to freeze but it looks like snow will be here first.  Less than 10% of the corn harvested yields look about average but very wet, most in 30% range.

  • 11/5 - Southern Lee County, Northern Illinois: Corn yield was near 200 bu. to acre about the same as last year. Moisture was in mid 22 to 24 % range. Beans were about 50 bu. to acre although had one field that had white mold in some areas was severe. 

  • 11/5 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: The pace of the harvest has picked up in the past seven to ten days due to the warmer and drier weather.  I would put bean harvest near complete with the double crops being the exception.  I would put corn harvest at 60-65% complete.  My double crop beans are running at 50 bpa.  I am usually lucky anytime my double crops make 40 bpa.  The June planted corn is still running at 22% moisture with yields running at 190 bpa "dry."  My May planted corn was approximately 10-15 bpa better.  Our crop is turning into a "monster" and we are running out of places to put it.  I am hoping to have corn harvest completed in the next three weeks or so if the weather continues to cooperate.  Some farmers have begun fall tillage but I haven't seen much fertilizer being applied.  It looks like rain, wind, and colder temperatures starting on Thursday. 

  • 11/5 - Henry County, Ohio: Corn harvest is nearly finished, with whole field averages running 90bu/A to 240bu/A.  1000 acres should average 180 or better, which is about normal.  Soybeans 23 bu/A to 55 bu/A.

  • 11/4 - Southern Lee County, Northern Illinois: Corn yield was near 200 bu. to acre about the same as last year. Moisture was in mid 22 to 24 % range. Beans were about 50 bu. to acre although had one field that had white mold in some areas was severe. 

  • 11/4 - Benton County, Indiana: Crop harvest is going well. Early bean yields were best but we are down 5 bpa. On later numbers, corn is very good in spite of twisted stalks from storms.  Everyone is hesitating putting on fertilizer due to price. 

  • 11/4 - Holdingford, Minnesota: Got about 30 acres of corn left to go, will finish today. Corn running a lot better than expected, about 150 bushel per acre at 22% moisture and I have somewhat sandy soils. Corn can really take the drought stress nowadays as long as it is not right during pollination. Soybeans yielded less, about 35 bushel per rain in August.
  • 11/4 - Logan County, Northeast Colorado: There is very little corn being harvested here. Maybe 10% at best. Corn is to wet due to such a slow start because of no moisture. 

  • 11/4 - East Central Kansas: Very little wheat seeded here. Present seed sales are 10-15% of normal.  Ground has been wet & everyone is trying to get what we already have in form of good Corn, milo and soybean crops before weather takes them.
  • 11/4 - Monroe County, Western New York: Finished soybeans yesterday. Crop would have averaged 50 bu. per acre if it had not been for the deer damage. Started corn today, first field was 200 bu. per acre @ 20% moisture. 

  • 11/4 - Near Niantic, Illinois: Report from Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: These soybeans were running 66 bushel to the acre near Niantic, IL, despite the fact portions of the field had to be replanted due to wet spring conditions. High winds and some rain was starting to take a toll on stands and I saw some lodging in the field. Overall, the farmers I've talked to in central Illinois have been pleasantly surprised given late, wet year.

    -- Near Niantic, Illinois

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  • 11/4 - Rice County Minnesota: Done with corn here and yields were from 145 to 225 depending on the field. Beans came in at 46bpa. Much better than last year's dry summer. Putting anhydrous on now and getting ripping going. 

  • 11/4 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Soybean harvest is complete except for double crop beans. Our yields were variable with some well below average and some about average. Our corn harvest is on a normal pace. Yields are in the range of 125 to 200 depending on location and rainfall. These are well below last years yield. I hope everyone has a safe harvest.  

  • 11/3 - Walsh County, Northeast North Dakota: Normally on Nov. 1 we are cleaning up equipment and putting it away for the winter.  Last night we finished the edible beans (only got a combine stuck once). Have about 600 acres of sunflowers and 180 ac. of corn to go yet. The 'flowers" are still over 20%, we haven't tried the corn yet.  No one in our neighborhood has gotten on any fertilizer ... Zero!!  Manager at the local coop is concerned about a total overload come spring.  I have never seen our fields this completely saturated.  We backed out of low spots, went in crazy circles, turned in the standing crop, anything to get as many black and pinto beans as possible.  We are hoping the ground freezes solid, without any snow, so we can travel in the corn and sunflower fields.  Our no-till farming will have to give way to spring tillage to fill in the ruts and level the fields again.  

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