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December Crop Comments

Dec 31, 2009

Will You Get Any Fall Tillage Done? How’s the Weather in Your Parts? Are You Running Out of On-Farm Storage? Will Your Crop Mix be the Same Next Year?

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  • 12/31 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: Watched a nearby farmer try to combine corn yesterday thru the 8-14 in of snow and drifts. Luckily we got ours off before any snow had a lot of freeze/thaw and slimy side hills to contend with though. Record yields with the corn silage (30+ ton/acre) and corn grain running 175-200+, bean were down around 40-45bu. Overall a challenging year for our dairy but a good one for our crop operations, hopefully we will see better milk prices and solid corn prices next year.

  • 12/31 - Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: The spring of 2009 was extremely wet in out area. We found ourselves with 25% of the farm in a prevent plant situation. In early August a cover crop mix of radish, turnip, field peas, and oats was planted on most of this ground. These photos were taken in October just before a killing frost. Note the softball used for a size comparison to the radish tubers. Part of our 2010 wheat will be planted into these cover crop fields. The peas flowered and produced pods before freezing out, fixing (according to North Dakota State University ag scientists) 75 to 90 lbs. of N for the following season. The cover crop 'cocktail' pulled a lot of unwanted moisture from the ground, and gave us a nice mellow soil condition.

    -- Walsh County, northeast North Dakota

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  • 12/31 - Northern Boone County, Ind.: Three fourths of a field at U. S. 52 and Ind. 47 near Thorntown had corn on the stalk standing amidst the snow!! Bummer!  Thank God it wasn't ours.  However, I have never seen so many wagons and trucks lined up to deliver corn to elevator so late in the year -- that was early December.

  • 12/28 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: Grain cart unload auger broke. To fix it the grain had to come out so we thought this was a great time to try out our grainvac we bought with another elevator many years prior. It's capacity was slowed greatly because of the 30% corn but it still worked very well. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 12/30 - Texas: Drought, flood, fluctuating energy costs, high feed costs, low milk prices – 2009 was a challenge for many Texas producers. Nearly all of the state's agriculture was adversely affected by atypical weather during the year; some areas fared better than others.

    Extreme weather is normal the Texas Panhandle, said Danny Nusser, Texas AgriLife Extension Service district director at Amarillo. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

    This is not a dried pond bottom, but a low spot in a Chambers County pasture. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

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  • 12/24 - Greenfirld, Ill.: Farmer Ross Prough provides a tour of the Carrollton Farmers Elevator.

    Agriculture Reports Network provides crop conditions directly from the farmer to the farmer. Visit, to find out more from locations across the United States.

  • 12/29 - Southwest Ohio: Almost another year gone!  Summarized 09 today but 2010 could be high on income, tax load could be huge for us.

    The wheat and barley is looking good.  Where we sprayed glyphosate or gramoxone before emergence, there are no weeds.

    Wherever we spread fertilizer on corn stalks, it is increasing degradation of the stalks.  I want that planter or drill to hit those stalks in April and the stalks blow into a million pieces.

    Bins and trucks will be the next management issue after the first of the year.

    Look at my tillage radishes in my wheat.   I have gotten 12 more bushels of wheat doing this twice now.  The radishes are dead now and giving off energy and nutrients to the new wheat crop.

    Southwest Ohio

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  • 12/28 - Adams County, eastern Washington: We have had significant winter weather. 0 degrees to a wind chill of 20 below on bare wheat fields.  In the last week have had about 8 tenths of an inch. That is significant for us in the 10 to 11 inch rainfall zone. It is currently 25 degrees and the ground is frozen.  Many cattle herds are on stubble and many are getting stored feed. Grain, hay, straw with molasses. We are enjoying a 3.75 premium over white wheat for our club wheat which puts it at 8.28 dollars for January delivery and even higher for February. Merry Christmas.

  • 12/28 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: Finishing off the Nato's for the year. Nato beans are very tiny soybeans that are highly desired in Japan. As a result they are very valuable. This was a good year for them. The field in this video did 0.9 tonnes/ac. Long term average for the area is under a half a tonne. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 12/28 - North Central Illinois: John Deere 9420 ripping cornstalks. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)

  • 12/24 - Fayette Co. Iowa: Finished harvest 11-30-2009. The latest finish in decades.  Soybeans were poor.  Two hail storms and white mold took 1/3 of the expected crop.  Corn yield was good.  Light test weight and some mold on kernels but, overall corn was the high point.  Next year I will increase corn/bean % from 50/50 to 70/30.  The corn yields are more predictable than soybeans. On my best ground white mold soybeans yield 20 to 25 bu.  That same ground in continuous corn yields 180 to 220 bu.  Corn keeps me in business.

  • 12/24 - Odebolt, West Central Iowa: Farmers Curt and Carol Raash give a late-season report from their Iowa farm. “This crop has been excellent as far as quality,” says Curt Raasch, of the crop harvested in December.

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  • 12/23 - Brown County, S.D.: Very wet growing conditions here. Keep the faith and hold your head up high.

  • 12/23 - North Central Illinois: This video is a completion of video clips and pictures from harvest and tillage this fall. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)

  • 12/22 - Eastern North Carolina: Soybean harvest has been a struggle this year. Finally got started on soybeans on Nov. 6 and have picked 10 days since and may dry enough to get one day in before next rain. Quality is starting to decline. Need about two weeks to finish. Got about half of the wheat acres planted before the rains started and got too late to finish.
  • 12/22 - Southeast Ohio: Corn harvest is about 95% complete. Had 4-6 inches of snow Dec. 19.

  • 12/21 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Crop mix in this area will be about the same, 50/50 corn abd beans. I would say 75%-85% of the NH3 was applied this fall. Little conservation work got done, due to early snow and frozen ground. Most all farmers are no-tilling, so fall field work not a concern in this area. Corn harvest at 99.9% done in our area, farther north in Nebraska still some large fields to go. Predicting another blast of snow and cold coming around Christmas. Seed inputs bought, selling beans on rallies and holding corn but keeping close watch on bins. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all involved in production of the most abundant and safest food supply in the world.

  • 12/18 - Mississippi: The 2009 growing season was probably the most challenging for soybeans in more than 50 years as farmers watched a potential-record crop deteriorate before their eyes. About 40 percent of the crop was lost in the fields, bringing the state’s estimated 2009 soybean value to $431.5 million.

    (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Jim Lytle)

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  • 12/18 - Homer, Neb.: Jenkins Farms: Bean Harvest 2009.

  • 12/17 - North Central Illinois: At the moment we have about 200 acres of corn left and no tillage. The fields we have left are no-till so it really does not bother us too much that the ground is a little frozen. Some of the smaller stalks the cornhead will bite off and bring into the machine which causes us to decrease our groundspeed because of the trash coming in. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)


  • 12/16 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Harvest is still taking place in central Illinois. The farmers she visits with still has 2,000 acres to go. So, Christmas really might be spent in the combine cab.

  • 12/16 - East Central Indiana: Here is a picture of our last day in the field on Dec 5th.  Corn turned out to be average to 60 bushels above average in some fields.  We had some corn that was as high as 10% mold.  With the mold discounts and the drying bills, we are considering this year to be average over-all and are very thankful for how it turned out.  In August we were concerned!  Life is Good!
    -- East Central Indiana

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  • 12/16 - Menard/Logan counties, Central Illinois: Worst fall ever. 10 plus inches of rain since Oct. 16th, wet before that and we were cutting ruts then.

    Parents finished in 1967 on Dec. 23rd, but we have so much better equipment now.  We finished on Dec. 13th.  Two months behind schedule and only 250 acres NH4 on.  Could go from 87% corn to 1/3 corn, 2/3 soybeans.  Did not plant any flying ear corn and that really helped us have very little diplodia damage compared to last year.  2008 was first year in 30 years we harvested in November except for double crop beans.  2009 first in December since 1967. 

    Been helping neighbors last two days and still corn and just a few acres of soybeans out there yet.  Elevators were just not capable of all the wet corn.  Wife never did get stuck with the combine though.  Off this morning to finish up another neighbor. 

    Last corn we harvested when ground was frozen will be easy to no-till soybeans into, rutted ground is another story.  Seed corn people have been visiting constantly, I have never been so far behind in knowing what we will plant where and when as this year.  Generally we know what we are doing for next year, before we start harvesting the current crop, now all plans are out the window.

    Livestock is a mess, we raise purebred cattle and corn stalk fields, lots, etc. are a mess.  Manure needs to be hauled and rock and lime hauled in, and roads will close Jan. 20th.  We also haul a lot of corn to town in December but we have not started that yet.  Also need to get farm books caught up for an idea what we need to do before the end of the year.  Cold weather is our friend now, but when it thaws out it will be ugly.

  • 12/16 - Homer, Neb.: Jenkins Farms: Corn Harvest 2009.

  • 12/16 - Piatt County, Central Illinois: This harvest is like a combination of the movie "Ground Hog Day" and the TV series "Ice Road Truckers".  It is like the harvest that will never end and only doing field work when the ground is frozen.  Some of the local elevators are restricted from drying corn when daily temps fall below 25 degrees, because Ameren IP is concerned about gas pressures dropping to homes and businesses.  The elevators that are with a different gas supplier can still dry corn, but will likely fill up early with wet corn from other areas   Corn harvest may be slow to complete.   The high winds of last week toppled some corn fields in the area while other fields were left standing surprisingly well.  Personal yields so far around 200 corn (average) and 60 soybeans (new high).  Beans complete in our area, corn perhaps 98% done.  May the peace and joy of Christmas envelope you and your loved ones.

  • 12/16 - Texas: Cold weather, in some instances accompanied by drizzling rain, came to much of Texas, temporarily delaying harvests, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    Southwest Texas also received wet weather, but vegetable crops are doing fine this year, said Dr. Larry Stein, an AgriLife Extension horticulturist based in Uvalde who works closely with fruit and vegetable growers.

    "The wet weather hasn't really hurt the growth; it just hindered the harvest," Stein said. "The quality is excellent. Cabbage quality is excellent. Spinach quality is excellent. The one thing that hurt us a little was the cold snap a few weeks ago that hurt the spinach, but it recovered and we're actively cutting right now." Stein said producers are switching to growing baby leaf spinach to meet market demands. About 3,000 acres of fresh spinach grown in a year is harvested in the winter in his region. About the same acreage in spinach is grown for processing. Average yields are between 20 to 26 tons per acre.

    Spinach harvesting in Southwest Texas was delayed slight by wet weather, but the crop is doing very well this year, according to Dr. Larry Stein, Texas AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Larry Stein) 

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  • 12/15 - Western Edgar County, Ill.: Many farms got done last week, however in about a 20 minute drive you can pass by 500 and more acres of corn. Standing is becoming more of an issue all the time. Low test weight had the monitor lying about 200 bu. yields like we saw last year. Looks like about a 25 bpa drop from 2008.  But we got done, hooyaw, looks  a lesson against biting off more acres than you can handle. Also good reminder to stay flexible in your farm planning.

  • 12/14 - Southern Iowa: There is a lot of corn left to harvest in our part of southern Iowa. The snow (14 inches) filled in the rows and drifted across the entire farm. The ground is now no longer frozen with the snow pack...but with the temps above freezing the last few days, the snow has come off the stalks. It looks to be clear and cold this week after this little shot of nasty this morning. We are going to give it a go again this weekend and see if we can finish up the last of what is out there. There is good and bad... The good: old timers can't believe that this corn is still standing and it is a tribute to the hybrid corn these days. The bad: the old timers have not ever seen a year like this with all the rain...and now the snow. Nobody is quite sure what to expect when we try to plow these combines out into the fields to try and get the rest of our crop in...through the drifts.

  • 12/11 - Putnam County, Ill.: Rain, then snow and below zero and wind. I custom farm in southern Bureau County for one of the wind farm owners, he told me on Wednesday he had wind at the towers of 45 miles an hour. We decided that a down corn reel may be good insurance. So I found one and am in the process of installing it. I hope I don't need it. I had to travel about two counties west to pick it up. There was not any time that we could not see corn standing somewhere along the road. We will try to start again by Monday. Most of the farmers with more than 1,000 acres of corn are not completed yet, some are close but many are not more than 60% to 70% done. Merry Christmas from the combine this year.

  • 12/11 - Isabella County, central Michigan: Down to 46 acres, 200 bu. dry corn, 51 test weight, 23 moisture.
    -- Isabella County, central Michigan

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  • 12/11 - Manitoba, Canada: What are you going to do with your lightweight moldy corn? In our area, most of the corn was destroyed because of mold and crop insurance wrote it off. The hog farmers I talk to are reluctant to feed U.S. corn because they know you have the same problems as we do. The ethanol plant will not accept 48 lb. corn.

  • 12/11 - Woodbury County, northwest Iowa: We harvested corn into the blizzard on Tuesday that brought 10 inches of snow and 40 mph winds. We need to bring the combine into the shop to thaw it out as the current temp is -8 with no relief in sight. We still have 1/3 of the corn crop to bring in. All of the neighbors have corn left in the field. Corn moisture has only improved by 1 point since harvest started. We have given up on drying and are storing to dry in the spring. Storage is a concern since almost all of the soybeans were harvested above 13% and the corn above 20%. This harvest will easily go into 2010. Considering the weather we had this year, we are very fortunate to get what we did, much better than a drought! We will be better prepared next time.

  • 12/10 - Norman County, Minn.: Very cold. Had to cover the radiator with cardboard to get any heat in the cab. About 5 below. Glad to be done.
    -- Norman County, Minn.

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  • 12/10 - Clay County, north central Kansas: Most of the harvest is done except for some who have a lot of crop out in the field yet. One farmer has over 200 acres of dry land corn out in the field because it will not dry down. Another has 200-plus acres of milo to harvest. Milo yields and dry land corn yields are outstanding for this area. A lot less wheat was planted due to the wet conditions and large fall harvest. My acres of wheat that I did not get planted will be going back into soybeans again next year. Dry land corn yields 150-plus and milo yields 125 bu. to 180 bu. per acre. My milo average is 139 bu. per acre.

  • 12/10 - Marion County, Iowa: Finished harvest on Dec. 3. What a year, the older farmer can’t remember a year like this, wet most of the season. Yields were good, some corn 220-230 but other farms that are wetter, 150-175, beans were the best ever. This is the third year we have had a wet October harvest season and some considerable stress on our crops all season. It will be interesting to see a year when the weather is perfect, what the yields will be then. In this area there are a few corn fields left mostly due to a wetter crop and folks not having drying capacity to handle it. They are done now though, we have had 12 inches of blowing snow, some tillage done and 60% of NH3 is on.

  • 12/10 - Will County, Ill.: We finished corn harvest on Saturday, Dec. 5, on completely frozen ground. Seems like a few weeks ago our corn got down to 22-24% moisture and would not go lower. Corn was coming in between 49-54 lb., and yields averaging 170 dry. Around here probably 15-20% of corn still in the field. All soybeans have been harvested, that was pretty well wrapped up a month ago, except for wet holes. Harvest progress has been extremely slow because of high moisture corn, wet fields, and slow drying on farm and at elevators, most days elevators closed between 10am and noon. There have been reports of many challenges with in-bin drying systems, some farmers not even using their in-bin dryers. A lot of corn fields are going to need some work before being planted next year,  the ground just froze about a week ago, before that there was a lot of mud and deep wheel tracks. Here, about 40 miles south of Chicago, we received about 3/4" of rain last night, with temps in upper 30s,  west and north of city are reports of several inches of snow, and a lot of drifting. Now has fallen to 30, predicting 5 tonight, with w/c around -10 to -20. Wind is very strong in the 30 mph range and higher gusts with some horizontal snow. I did see one eight-row machine running this morning.

  • 12/10 - DeKalb County, Ill.: Going to have to wait this one out. Put combine and carts away after unloading them in the snow. Only 1/3 done with corn. Elevators can’t keep up with wet corn. Most corn still coming in at 25-30%. With the predicted blizzard and extreme cold coming in, we thought it best to get the equipment home and be on standby for the next opportunity.

  • 12/9 - East Central Illinois: Still some fields of corn and a little soybeans around. Rain and mud, so not much field work getting done. we will need a dry spell in March to work ruts and stalks down and put on fertilizer and nh3 or it will be tough spring. We need better prices for are corn, or all this misery was for nothing.

  • 12/9 - Stearns County, Minn.: Finished corn harvest in the snow on Tues 12-08.Good corn yields 18 % Mo. harvesting on frozen ground. No more fall tillage. Merry Christmas.

  • 12/9 - North Central Illinois: Combining some contour rows of corn at dusk. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)

  • 12/9 - Clay County, Minn. (across the river from Fargo): I finished beans on Saturday with a 16 bushel average. Had to wait for the ground to freeze to get them all. Very little corn done here as most is still in the 30 to 35 moisture range. The local elevator will not take corn under 50 pound test weight and crop ins will not pay over 46 pound test weight. There is very little corn over 49 pounds. Mold is really bad in most of the corn. I guess it will be a waiting game to see who blinks first on the crop insurance.

  • 12/9 - Texas: Winter weather slowed the cotton harvest in the western parts of the state, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. The wet, cold weather also slowed or halted other field activities, but where there was accompanying moisture, winter pastures and wheat benefited, AgriLife Extension reports stated.

    It’s hard to tell the snow from the cotton in this field in Tom Green County. It was the first snow in the county in three years that resulted in any accumulation, said Steve Byrns, Texas AgriLife Extension Service communications specialist, San Angelo.
    (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)

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  • 12/9 - Crooks, S.D.: Clips of harvest for the week, we have 600 acres to go, and a foot of snow on the way today. We have gotten a few inches but nothing major yet.

  • 12/9 - Southwest Ohio: Good meeting at the Ohio No-Till Conference today in Plain City.  The place was packed again.  The main subject was cover crops and no-till.  Good reports on Tillage radish and many cover crop alternatives.  Looks like Ohio harvest is about finished!

  • 12/8 - Harristown, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: Earl Peterson and his son, Jeff, were harvesting corn near Harristown, Ill. They had some snow to deal with while finishing up their custom harvesting.

  • 12/8 - Northeastern South Dakota: Done! Corn was excellent, 220 plus! Beans were average! White mold.

  • 12/8 - Canastota, N.Y.: O'Connell Farms completed our corn Harvest November 20th 2009 we had a great yield on both beans and corn. Beans averaged 49 bu. And corn averaged 240 bu. This is on heard of in upstate New York. Our moisture in our corn ran 19-21 %  beans ran 14-17 % moisture we had a rainy bean harvest and a great weather, for corn harvest. We were also able to complete 220 acres of fall plowing so we are in good shape. O'Connell Farms is located approx. 22 miles west of Syracuse NY which is just about in the middle of rural NY.

  • 12/8 - Mercer County, Northwest Illinois: Still have a lot of corn left to pick!! Between long lines at elevators which are still only open for 2 to 4 hrs a day and limited capacity of my own drier, I can only pick 75 acres per day. Moisture is still between 19% and 25% and test weight from 49 to 61#s, most around 54#s. My drier will run over 1100 bu per hr. in the 20% corn, but slows to 600 at 25%.

    Now this big winter storm!! Will 2009 ever end? How is the rest of Northern Illinois?

  • 12/8 - Northern Coastal Plain, North Carolina: Started picking soybeans on Nov 6., picked 4 days then the rains started, started back on Nov 28, and picked 3 days and rains started back and have yet to start back and expecting 1-2 inches in the next couple of days.  Yields are any where from 40-60 bu/ac.  Still have 3/4 of the crop to harvest.  Harvest will go into 2010 then have to fix all the ruts.  Brand-new combine and won't even stop raining long enough to get to run it.

  • 12/8 - Wenona, Ill.: Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor: “By far, this is the latest harvest I’ve ever seen,” reports Greg Ruestman, who farms with his father Arlen near Wenona, Ill. “Dad says that, in 1967, he finished harvesting on Christmas eve—at the rate we’re going, I can foresee that happening again this year.”

    On Dec. 5, the Ruestmans still had 30% of their corn to harvest—and Greg had to shut down the combine about 1 p.m. because his elevator had closed for the day. “Noon closing has been pretty typical,” he says. “The biggest problem this year is finding a place to haul wet corn.”

    The last field Ruestman harvested on Dec. 5 had a moisture content of 23%. Test weight was 55 lb. per bushel. “That’s heavy corn this year,” says Greg. “One hybrid hit 57 lb., but some couldn’t hit 50.”

    Considering the wet spring weather that made planting a struggle, and the fact that he had to no-till some second- and third-year corn because the fall of 2008 was too wet to build strips, Greg was pleased with his 2009 yields. “And, surprisingly, considering our high populations with 34,000 to 36,000 final stands, we’re not seeing any lodging issues,” he says.

    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal
    Conservation & Machinery Editor


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  • 12/8 - Crooks, S.D.: We are still combining corn. I only get to combine at night if I'm not hauling to the bins, after the elevator shuts us down. I tried to record a little before it got too dark. Our corn is running anywhere from 17-the lowest we have seen to 25, a load from yesterday, still nice and wet. Great yields but super wet. We still have 2-3 weeks left, lines at the elevator have been horrendous and they are shutting down early allot as they get full.

  • 12/8 - Bureau County, Ill.: Corn -15% down from 2008. Soybeans - down 10% from 2008. We are lucky to have harvest finished.

  • 12/7 - Hardeman County, Texas: Tanner McLennan reports on his farms wheat status in Hardeman County, Texas. The first clip is Min till wheat with hog damage, the second clip is wheat pasture with stockers on it, and the third clip is no-till wheat.


  • 12/4 - North Central Illinois: Plowing with a John Deere 9420 and 3710 10 bottom plow. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)


  • 12/3 - North Central Illinois: Fall 09 fall tillage at 35 acres an hour! I put the cultivator in deeper than normal just to chew up some ground for oats. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)



  • 12/2 - Central Illinois: Here is a collection of my fall videos and pictures from throughout the 2009 season. (Video courtesy of Wenthworth Family Farms)

  • 12/2 - Sanilac County, Mich.: Video shot the last day of harvesting corn.

  • 12/2 - Texas: With a few notable exceptions, soil moisture levels in much of the state were adequate or better, thanks to rain and snow. Soil moisture remained short to very short in the western counties of South Texas, but most of the region was enjoying improved soil moisture levels due to October and November rains, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    Stocker cattle on wheat pasture. (Texas AgriLife Extension Photo by Stan Bevers)

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  • 12/1 - Giles County Tennessee: Finished harvest Saturday the 28th. Corn just shy of 170 and beans just over 40 (all double crop). Wet, Wet, Wet. No fall sowing to speak of nor tillage. Bins full, lines full, mills full. Best crop and the most challenging in five years. Thankful to have problems.

  • 12/1 - Morrisburg, Ontario, Dundas County, south of Ottawa: Opening up fields for some local dairy farmers. Silage corn sure grows tall and yields a lot of tonnes! Gehl wagon was the farmers. (Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms)

  • 12/1 - North Central Illinois: Plowing with a John Deere 8970 and 3710 10 bottom plow. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms)

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  • 11/30 - Kearney County, Neb.: Finished corn Nov.22. Was still 18-20%. Yields are our best ever 240-260. Beans 70+. A lot of corn on the ground. Still a lot left to go.

  • 11/30 - Putnam Co. Ill.: We have had two inches of rain in the last ten days and fog almost every day. I have talked to combine service men because it seems we are running short of power, they told me that it is a common problem in the last ten days with the wet ground and wet corn it is like harvesting green stem beans they recommended turning up rotor speed and slow down. We started a field of 110 day corn and only got one semi load done before it rained us out. I took it to the river still 28% and 47# test weight. This corn was planted around May 19th. The cost to take this to the river is 7 cents a half point and 2 cents for test weight. I am sure that I will get a call from my landlord on this load. It is probable a good thing it rained. Our LP is in short supply and the price is going up. It may sound like all I have to share is negative, the conditions are a great challenge and can be very discouraging at times. Last night we had thanksgiving dinner -family, grandkids and lots of food. We have so much to be thankful for and so what really matters is God, Family, Country and we will get it done we always do and next year it will be better.We are truly Blessed.

  • 11/30 - North Central Illinois: This is the latest I have ever started tillage! (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms).


  • 11/25 - Fayette County, South Central Illinois: The corn moisture was too wet to harvest, the soybean moisture was just a little too wet to harvest, now the ground is too wet to harvest anything.  I put the combine back in the shed and hopefully will be able to get it back out in the next couple of weeks.  I have harvested nothing.  Never had this happen before Halloween, trick or treat?

  • 11/25 - Cass County, Neb.: Finished harvest on the 19th of November.  Corn this year was just awesome for eastern Nebraska.  Field averages ran from 160 bu/ac to 239 bu/ac with most field averages running right around 200.  Corn averaged right at 200 bu/ac this year compared to 165 bu/ac in 2008.  Only sprayed 160 acres with Headline and it was at least 20 bushel better. Best crop that we have ever had. Beans averaged right at 60 bu/ac this year compared to 42 bu/ac in 2008.  A lot of anhydrous going on right now.  A few guys disking stalks.  Heading to Illinois on the 24th to see if I can help the father in law pick corn.  Sounds like there is a lot to do out there so we will see what we get done.  Everybody have a happy turkey day and good luck with the rest of the harvest if you are still running.

  • 11/25 - Fulton/Miami Counties, North Central Indiana: We are no different than most of you.  It's been a long S*L*O*W harvest.  We are down to about 90 acres of corn.  We've been picking as fast as the dryer will take it and we're not setting any land speed records doing it.  The plus (so far) for us is that our quality is good.  Most of our corn is 3 numbers of Waxy corn and it seems to be doing well quality wise.  Like I always say....."If it were easy anyone could do this.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • 11/25 - Huntington County, Northeast Indiana: Well, here we set watching it rain AGAIN.  We have done this an awful lot this fall. Rather frustrating with 150 acres of the best corn we have ever raised still standing in the field. But we will get it all done, sometime!! We like to be ALL done by Thanksgiving!! Maybe this will happen next year. Be careful!!.
  • 11/25 - Plains, Kan.: Corn and milo harvest in the late fall.

  • 11/25 - Sanilac County, Mich.: A few thoughts on the 2009 growing season from Pioneer HiBred Michgan Agronomist Gary Brinkman. Video shot while looking at a local test plot. .

  • 11/25 - Southwest Ohio: What a long harvest, beans are done, still harvesting 21% moisture corn, there is still lots of corn out.

  • 11/25 - Texas: Where weather permitted, harvesting of cotton, soybeans, hay and other crops continued in many parts of the state, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports.In East Texas, beef producers began feeding hay or other supplemental feed. In Henderson County, as in many parts of the state, producers were trying to finish a final cutting of hay in front of rain and frost, said Rich Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agent based in Athens.

    Cattle on supplemental feed in East Texas.

    (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Monte Rouquette Jr.)

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  • 11/24 - Iowa County, Arena Wisconsin: These two Gleaner K’s are harvesting 196 bu./acre.

    -- Iowa County, Arena Wisconsin

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  • 11/20 - Bristolville, Ohio: Local farmer harvesting his last corn field with his John Deere 9600 combine down the road from our farm.

  • 11/23 - Southern Iowa: It is amazing how wet these corn fields are...we just can't get in there and go.  We tried a couple of times this weekend and we are just short of burying the combine.  We have more rain coming all this week.  I just don't know how we can finish this corn harvest without a freeze.  Guys with mudhogs are cutting deep ruts and trying not to bury their combines...but are giving it a go.  From the stuff we did take out it is still 15.5 on moisture...the corn is dry...the ground and Mother Nature won't do the same!

  • 11/23 - Barron/Dunn counties, Northwest Wisconsin: Our yields are about average for soybeans but way better than the last several years.  Beans will average about 35-40 bu. with a fair amount of white mold in the crop.   Bean harvest is done.   Corn is well underway with very good yields but moistures continue to run higher than we’d like to see and test wts below average.  Yields are in the 140-160 range with moistures currently between 24-30%.  Test wts are lower 50’s.

  • 11/23 - Lac Qui Parle County, Minn.: Been a nice run of good weather. Beans are done except for a few potholes. Corn is about half done. Some guys putting tracks on or hiring guys with tracks. Best crop we have ever had. Test weights on corn 52-55.Moisure running 21-24.Shortages of propane.
  • 11/23 - Kossuth County, Iowa: Yields here in Kossuth County Iowa are nothing to shout about. More beans below 50 then over and corn substantially below 200 with low test weights in the range of 50 to 54 Lbs/ Bu. Tillage is running behind as well.

  • 11/23 - Morrison County, Minn.: Corn yields are running about 190 bushel/acre (dryland test plots up to 210 bu./acre) dried with slightly below average test weights.  This is at least 50 bushel/acre higher than average for this area.  Some guys corn is moldy and still wet.  We had very little mold and the corn was 19-22% moisture.  Soybeans were also a bumper crop with 56 bushel/acre but had to be dried in the bin for a day and a half.  All in all, an excellent year with a long, drawn out harvest.

  • 11/23 - St. Clair/Madison counties, Southwest Illinois: 2.5-3.5” of rain fell from Sunday night until Wed night.  I heard a few areas just north and west of us had even more.  Sunshine today, but many probably won’t venture back into the fields for at least a day or two.  There is water sitting everywhere.  Soybean harvest is complete for most with only a few scattered fields around.  I would put harvest at 90-95% complete on beans.  Yields really varied with the early planted beans running 50 or better while the late June plantings ran between 40-50 for the most part.

    Corn is still plentiful in the fields.  I would put harvest at somewhere around 60%.  Some are done, some barely started and some in the middle.  Yields in general have been good with the majority falling in the 180-230 range.  You hear of some isolated cases of 150-170, but you just hear of a lot right in the 200 range.  While many harvested their best corn crop last year, some of those will break that record this year.  In general test weight is lighter than normal 54-57 is very common while damage has been tolerable at 2-8% for the most part.  Moisture and wet ground is the challenge many face.  The crop has dried considerable, but the June plantings are still running 19-25% and with drying days gone for the year we will have to dry the crop or take the discounts which can add up in a hurry.  A good weather week forecast so I suspect we will see corn harvest get going again, but I’m pretty sure there will be quite a few fields of corn still standing in December.

    The little wheat that was planted looks like heck.  Quite a few acres went in last week and with the rain we’ve had I suspect it will be a loss as well.

  • 11/20 - Henry County, Ill.: Two corn plots out, both averaged 220. One bean plot out, it average 53. Our field averages on beans = 56 to 65.

  • 11/20 - Bristolville, Ohio: We're running the New Holland 8970 with DMI Colter-Champ Disc Chisel Plow in a corn field that was just harvested.

  • 11/19 - Southwest Minnesota: Finished up corn.  After dry down figure about 185 bpa average with average test weight 52#, had ranges of 50 to 54#.  Never took out anything dryer than 19% or wetter than 23%.  Some mold evident, the cob centers were soft and resembled the center of a salted nut roll candy bar.
  • 11/19 - Southwest Ohio: I think about you guys who cannot finish harvest. We are so blessed to get finished last night, bins all full and buyers took the excess grain. I think we will average 58 bu beans and 210 plus corn. What a year!

    -- Southwest Ohio

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  • 11/19 - Dane/Columbia counties, Wis.: Looks like the high moisture levels in corn are starting to break. Sampled some today that was 18.6 to 20. 3% moisture. Having light rain today and tomorrow. Done with the Soybeans, half done with the corn. Lot of winter wheat got planted very late. Hope above freezing temperatures last another ten days at least. Does anybody know what is going to happen to all the high moisture silage that was put up with mold in it? I've been told that the mold will continue to grow unless dried down to 15%.
  • 11/19 - Slaughters, Ky.: Harvest is coming to a close for this young lady in Slaughters, Ky. 60 more acres of corn, hope to finish this week weather permitting.

    -- Slaughters, Ky.

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  • 11/19 - Greenville, Ill.: Farmer C.W. Gaffner is finishing up one of the last soybean fields.

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  • 11/18 - Holdingford, Minn.: Never had as good of yields as I have this year.  Soybeans pushed 60 bushel/ac. and Corn is all of 200 bushel/acre dry with test weight of 57+ lbs.  I don't have enough storage so some is going to have to stand in the field and I will just feed it up to the feedlot cattle as long as the heavy snow allows me to.  Moisture in the corn has come down to approximately 19-20%.  I have a lot to be thankful for this year.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone and take care!!.

  • 11/18 - Beresford, S.D.: Farmer Gordon Anderson inspects one of his field’s corn ears for disease.
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  • 11/18 - Polo, Ill.:  Farmer Dustin Spears says they hope to be wrapped up in 10 days with harvesting.
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  • 11/18 - Rich, Utah: Got the crops all in, fall plowing done, weaned the calves.  Tomorrow a guy is coming to buy my heifers to use for replacements in his heard. I'll feed the steers a couple more weeks before selling. I have a few acres of CRP which ended Sept. 30. The payment is due Oct. 1. Over a month and a half later still not paid while interest is occurring on my loan, which is due in a couple weeks.

  • 11/18 - Texas: Mother Nature served up mild, warmer weather with a little rain on the side to some Texas customers, a recipe that promoted the harvesting of cotton and other crops, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    County gins in the Rolling Plains were getting a steady supply of cotton modules the second week of November, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

    (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by
    Dr. Todd Baughman)

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  • 11/18 - Hamilton/Eaton area, Ohio: My husband and son farm over 3500 acres, most of which are rented.  Our corn harvest is reading over 300 bu/acre in some areas per my husband of 53 years old.  His beans are running as high as 120/acre.   He has never in his life seen a harvest like this.  After 2 drought years we are left with three years of input costs so although our yields are great, we will use every dollar to pay down the 3 years of costs plus interest.  It costs us $600 a day in fuel just to dry the corn.  That is for 5000 bushels and running the dryer 24 hours.  Biggest problem is storage and dumping.  Many grain companies are full or have no where to store.  It’s a good problem to have but nonetheless, a problem.

  • 11/17 - Lone Elm, Mo.: Fall harvest at Wieland Farms.

  • 11/17 - Indiana (12mi. south of I-70 and 5 miles east Illinois state line): Finished 11/14, corn yielded 185/210 bu/ac, 15-20% moisture. Fortunately because being slowed down by drying we only got in 1/3 of corn acreage  this year due to flooding and wet weather. Beans planted before 6/20 yielded upper 40's to low 50's, after that date to 7/8 upper 20's to upper 30's (due no rain from middle of August to third week of September and  beans being infested with aphids. Traded for 40'  Macdon at the last minute (Oct 1) which greatly speeded up bean harvest, saving bean losses in short beans over the 635F. Ground is dry, most farmers in this area closed to finished and fall tillage is being done.


  • 11/17 - Macomb, Ill.: Beans are harvested around the Macomb area, but lots of corn still in the fields.  Maybe 1/3 is out, and moisture running from 19 to 21/22 %.  Lots of dock to take.  LP gas supplier ran out yesterday, but got truck in overnight and delivered this morning for dryer.  Rained all day yesterday and today with 6/10 on Sun.  Haven't looked this evening (Mon).  What a year!.

  • 11/16 - Southern Iowa: We finally finished up all the beans with a 50+ average and the best beans we have ever had.  We broke open our corn fields to be shocked at how muddy it was...but yet yields were testing the best we have ever had with15-17% moisture.  And now they are calling for 2+ inches of rain/snow/sleet/geez this sucks...seriously!?  Guess we will have find out if this Dekalb corn can stand in the field until a freeze...*sigh*.
  • 11/16 - Brown County, S.D.: Beans finally dry enough to harvest, but ground is not.  A neighbor stuck his combine, couldn't pull it out, brought in a track hoe, and check out the results.  Combines are buried all over NE South Dakota, and got another half inch today.  Yields are decent-40 to 60, but getting them out is obviously a big problem.

    -- Brown County, S.D.

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  • 11/16 - North Central Illinois: Putting soybeans into a bin using a 4430 and a 10x72' auger. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms).

  • 11/16 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: Harvest is finally over!! We finished the last of the edible beans and soybeans on last week.  Both types of beans had some frost damage, making them tough to market.  I will have to run them over a gravity table in an effort to remove the frosted beans.  This year has not been “normal”...every season and every operation has had its difficult twist.  But I'm sure every occupation has its challenges.  Only a few acres of corn (not much was seeded around here) and some sunflowers remain.  This beautiful November weather has also allowed us to get 65% of the farm fertilized for next spring.  We are still doing some tillage, ditching, and rock picking.    Just 3 weeks ago we were certain that we would never get everything harvested, nor any falls' work done......but we were blessed with a run of great weather.  Thanksgiving will have a special meaning later this month.

  • 11/16 - Cerro Gordo County, north central Iowa: Finished harvesting one field of corn on November 14, 80 acres of 103 day corn, planted May 18 - average moisture 32% test weight 48 lbs.

  • 11/13 - Macon, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: At the grain elevator in Macon, Ill., you can find long lines of trucks unloading high-moisture corn.

  • 11/13 - Ellsworth County, Kan.: Fortunately, we were able to finish our fall harvesting of sorghum and soybeans on Wednesday, November 11th. We intended to plan 350 acres of HRW wheat behind soybeans. However. because it has been wet, and it is now late with reduced crop insurance (our final planting date was 10/31), we decided not to plant those acres to wheat. This will drop our intended acres by about 25% which is quite significant.
  • 11/13 - Central Illinois: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor: See the ruts made in central Illinois.

  • 11/13 - Chippewa County, Minn.: Some pictures of sugar beet harvest in Chippewa County, Minn.

    -- Chippewa County, Minn.

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  • 11/13 - St. Clair/Madison Counties, Southwest Illinois: Finally almost 14 consecutive harvest days.  Bean harvest for most is either done or nearing the end.  In general bean yields have been all over the board.  The early June planted beans seemed to yield the best with most running 50-60 bu.  The late June plantings seem to be falling in the low 40’s to right around 50.  Double crops range from 10-40 depending on the stands that were established.  Our beans yields will fall in the slightly below average category.

    Still a large amount of corn to be harvested but as guys finish beans they seem to be content to harvest no matter what the moisture.  The late May corn is down into the upper teens.  The June corn is still in the low to upper 20’s depending on maturity and when it was planted.  Yields have been exceptional in general.  Seems like everyone has a field or a few that have poor stands and probably should have been replanted or at least touched up.  Those fields are running in the 140-170 range and make up a limited amount of acres(maybe 10-15%).  The fields with good stands are yielding real well.  180-220 seems to be common and with good drainage and high management reports of 230-240 are not uncommon.  It would appear to me that at least 50% of the corn is still in the field and it may be more like 60%.  Some grain quality issues are around but usually damage is under 10% and most is at or under 5%. 

    Someone will have to send us pictures of a wheat crop if we want to see what one looks like.  Some wheat was planted in early Oct that promptly got flooded and has poor stands.  A few have actually planted this past week as conditions have allowed but that is pretty risky as it is easily a month late.

  • 11/12 - Plains, Kan.: Corn harvest, wheat drilling, and more from Southwest Family Farms.

  • 11/12 - Lafayette, Grant counties, Southwest Wisconsin: Harvest in full swing.  I am amazed to listen to the noon radio shows and not hear them comment on what I feel is one of the most amazing corn stories in my 40 years of farming.  In the past 3 weeks, corn has dried from 3-10 points. The most amazing dry down I have ever witnessed...especially this late in the year.  We took out corn at 19% yesterday, and corn that was 32% is now 24% and drying. The other big story is how well the corn is standing overall. I guess we are blessed to have October and November weather flip flop. Yields are very good for the corn, and harvest will wrap up in the next 3 weeks. Very strange year, indeed.

  • 11/12 - Bristolville, Ohio: Running 9.5 mph with the New Holland 8970 with Great Plains Turbo Till in Corn Stubble.

  • 11/12 - South Central North Dakota: All done, combines in shed, trucks swept, augers down. Beans never did get dry 15%. Sunflower went from 18% last week, wouldn’t auger out of the grain cart, to 9% Tuesday couldn’t keep the combines from catching on fire from the fines. For those not done, “keep the faith, be careful” the end of harvest will come and optimism for next year will return. 

  • 11/11 - North Central Illinois: We finally started soybeans on November 5, 2009. This is much later than usual but what are you going to do? For being started this late it's amazing how smooth the soybeans have been running.

  • 11/11 - Lancaster County, Neb.: Finished harvest Monday, I believe we are the first to finished but paid the price by drying probably 75% of our corn. Yields were very good with farm average for beans at 58bu./acre and corn about 185 bu/acre dry. Still about 5% of the beans left and 40% of the corn to go in this area. Go west and North in Nebraska and there is still a tremendous amount of crop to come out yet.

  • 11/11 - Sanilac County, Mich.: Video of the final day of beet lifting. We finished up on 11/3 with my own beets. It took us two days to lift my 75 acres of beets. The first day it rained throughout the day making the field extremely greasy. We had to pull every truck on both days. This footage is from the second day. I rode with Scott taking in the last load of beets to the Croswell Sugar Factor. The beets at the stationary pillar are for immediate use to keep the plant going. As of 11/3, 75% of Michigan Sugar's beets were harvested. It looks like a 25 ton average for the company for 2009.


  • 11/11 - Monroe County, Ohio: Very little corn has been harvested here in southeast Ohio. Corn is testing around 20%. 

  • 11/11 - Texas: In some areas, rains let up and fields dried, allowing agricultural producers to get back into fields for planting and harvesting, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. In many areas, producers were either waiting for fields to dry out to either plant small grains or winter pasture or try to take one last cutting of hay.

    Hay producers were either waiting for fields to dry out to either plant small grains or winter pasture or try to take one last cutting of hay.

    (Texas AgriLife Extension photo by Robert Burns)

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  • 11/11 - Cottonwood County, Southwest Minnesota: Finished corn on Saturday – what a long and stressful harvest. However after measuring and re-measuring for accuracy our overall corn yield was 224 (converted to dry bushels).  Our 5 year running average is 178. So this is a big surprise. Moisture form start to finish was 24.8 and the test weight averaged 52.8. I pray November continues to bless us with some favorable harvest weather. 

  • 11/10 - Roseau County, Northwest Minnesota: It's a BEAR corn market!

    -- Roseau County, Northwest Minnesota

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  • 11/10 - Southern Will County Illinois, 50 miles south of Chicago: We have now been harvesting eight days in a row, the longest harvest window so far this season. We have finished soybean harvest as have most producers in our area, I would say soybean harvest is at least 90% or better complete. Almost everyone has gone around wet holes, but over all, ground conditions have not been too bad, soft, but manageable. We started corn today, the first we have done, running about 24-27% moisture, at least not the 30-37% levels as reported a couple of weeks ago. Very little corn harvested in our area, probably less than 5 %, but I believe that will change a lot this week. Many producers with in bin dryers are talking about not using them, because of higher moisture levels. Harvest progress may very well be governed drying capacity of local elevators.We don't grow any winter wheat, but there are some produces who do,  I have only seen two fields planted to wheat,  far less than normal.

  • 11/9 - Grenville County, Eastern Ontario, Canada: We were very lucky and were able to harvest our beans Oct 18-19. The weather was good and the moisture was from 12-12.5%. We got the bonus for IP quality which makes quite a difference on your selling price. My average was 45bu/acre which I am quite happy with considering we had a lot of rain in June & July. I had a Cruiser seeding rate plot on the best ground on the farm and the top yield was 125,000 seeds/acre in 15" rows @ 65bu/acre. My regular seeding rate of 175,000 seeds/acre was close behind @ 64bu/ac. I think I can cut my seeding rate to 150-160,000 seeds/ac and still get decent yields but I will continue to use Cruiser if I lower my seeding rate to get better emergence and some aphid control. I would be interested to hear from some others on what seeding rates they use and what results they have had with Cruiser or other seed treatments. Thanks.

  • 11/6 - Fredericksburg, northeast Iowa: Crops are harvested, so it is time for fall tillage for Iowa farmer Kyle Wendland.
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  • 11/6 - Oxford, Pa.:  Farmer H. Grant Troop says he corn harvest in his area is much further along than the soybean harvest.
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  • 11/6 - Odebolt, Iowa: Farmer Carol Raasch says the beans are yielding around 60 bu./acre, with some reaching 80 bu./acre.
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  • 11/6 - Bristolville, Ohio: Harvesting corn with a Case International 1660 Combine with 6-row head. Corn was running from 25% to 30% moisture. Ford 6600 and Ford 7810 running Killbros 350 Gravity wagons.

  • 11/6 - Obrien County, Iowa: We’ve been hauling some to the elevator from the field 21% moisture and 54.5 test wt. The comment at the elevator is that that is a good test wt as they have been getting a lot of 51# corn in at 25% moisture. Beans are 75% done with corn 20% done. Corn yields are running 160 - 230/acre.

  • 11/6 - Southern Iowa: We are 40% done with corn and 35% done on beans.   Bean yields in mid 50’s (good for us) and corn is better than normal so far on home farm (200+) but neighbors corn that we harvested is not so good, we think nitrogen got away.  Corn stalks in good condition considering all the wet weather this year though.  Sprayed most with fungicide which definitely paid off with yield and standability and only partially offset by high drying cost.  Still was worth it though. 

  • 11/5 - San Luis Obispo, Calif.: The cactus had a good summer. The early rain, the largest October rain in California in 45 years washed the ground-water mineral deposits off the leaves. We've been harvesting since April... we'll be picking still until the first hard frost... usually in Jan.

    -- San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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  • 11/5 - North Central Illinois: Cartman catches dad right after he turns around. (Video courtesy of Delhotal Farms).

  • 11/5 - Texas: Many parts of Texas had excessive rain, taking them from drought to flood, but overall it's a good thing, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts.

  • 11/5 - Cooper County, Mo.: Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor: At least the Amish community in Cooper County, Mo. is making some harvest progress!

    -- Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor

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  • 11/4 - Logan/Champaign counties, Ohio: Beans mostly harvested here. Yields extremely high, some white mold. Corn yields are best we've ever had. Our corn has run between 18 and 21% moisture. There is still some corn in the mid-to upper twenties. Lines at the elevator are long WHEN the dumps are open. Will be a long harvest.

  • 11/4 - Franklin Country, North-Central Iowa: Corn at 28%, we have maybe 10% harvested in this area. The last load of beans I took in was 14.2%, we have around 33% harvested around here. Yields for beans going low-50's to low-60's. Corn yields- only God knows. I would say we will be down around 25 bu from 2004 record yields; probably 190-195 will catch it this year. Certainly no record yield in my part of Iowa as the USDA is saying. Quality will be a big issue this year; I see a lot of corn getting dumped, rather than stored. The old-timers are saying they have not seen a harvest like this for many years and I hope we never see another one like this one for 30 years.

  • 11/4 - Ambia, Ind.: Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor: Nov. 3 found Mike Pitts, son Joe and father Melvin of Ambia, Ind., 60% to 65% finished with corn and 100% finished with soybeans. The corn Mike was harvesting was around 23% moisture; the previous field had been 28% or 29%. “That’s about $100 per acre in drying costs we hadn’t budgeted for,” he says. “We move around, trying to find the driest fields we can.” There’s another reason the family is logging extra road time this fall: Area elevators are all closing at noon. “So we load trucks in the evening,” Mike explains. “In the morning, we put that corn into wet holding bins for our two farm dryers. Then we pick for the elevator until noon. In the afternoon, we go back to picking for the farm dryers. Often, that requires moving to a different field.” On the plus side, Mike adds, “yields are pretty good.”

    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal
    Conservation & Machinery Editor

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  • 11/4 - Monroe County, Western Wisconsin: What a challenging fall with all the steady rains, cold temps, high moisture crops, and mud!  We finally finished harvesting the last of our soybeans today.  The last field of soybeans was 13.6%, but most were 14% to 17.5%.  We rarely have to dry soybeans in the bin, but we felt that we just could not wait any longer to let them dry in the field this year, so we took them off and are drying them now.  Yields were down this year too, with most beans at about 40 bushel/acre.  We would like to get started on corn now, but we can't find a field that tests less than 30%.  We are reluctant to use so much LP to dry this wet corn crop, but stalk quality is an issue and field losses from lodging could begin to take a toll without timely harvest, especially if windy or snowy conditions prevail going forward.  Test weights are poor on this crop too, with many from 49# to 53#.  My guess is that this crop will be a challenge to manage while in storage too.  We are praying for a better 2010.  Have a safe harvest everyone.
  • 11/4 - Buffalo County, South Central Nebraska: Finally back in the field combining corn.  A few started yesterday but we decided to wait an extra day for things to dry out a little more.  Corn is about the same moisture as when we quit a week ago being just below 20%.  Yields are mostly 200-270 bu/A. which is about 30 bu. above normal.  A bin buster for sure for Nebraska.  Most all beans done in this area with yields mostly 70-85bu./A.  We are about 3 weeks behind with harvest but the next 5 days look real good and many extra hours will put a big dent in harvest.  My neighbor stopped by tonight and asked to bring our grain cart over tomorrow a.m. so he can unload his that is stuck in a pivot track!!  Be patient and safe!

  • 11/4 - Nueces County, Texas:We had a muddy-muddy harvest in 2007 and I don't ever want to go through that again. Here is just a few things I'd like to share that helped us:  A long 2" nylon or poly rope is about the only thing that will pull a combine out of the mud (cheaper and longer than straps). Watch out for sharp corners and the stretch will multiply your pull to 150,000lbs+.... so be careful! Wrap a short chain (4-5') around the tire, trough the rim and weld together. It helps clean out the mud and reduce bent shields. A track tractor at 45 degrees will plow out ruts ok. It is possible to break off front tires, hub, spindle, ect. on a MFWD JD. Rice and Cane tires. Y’all be careful.

  • 11/4 - Southwest Ohio: We were able to shell 12,000 bu. Sunday and 12,000 bu. yesterday but running out of no-till ground.  We had to level some fields up and they look soggy.  Mud on the road with no-till and don't want to bury the machines. Our market is demanding corn, bring it in and we will stay open for you. I think we can average over 50 bu. beans and 190 corn including some pretty rough farms.  That is excellent. The best thing is 500 acres of wheat and barley sprouted but the neighbor's looks better than mine!

    -- Southwest Ohio

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  • 11/4 - Mille Lacs County, Central Minnesota: Whew, what a battle. Finished the last of the 165 acres of soybeans last night. Had to dry every bean this year. Moisture was between 15 and 18%. Took the combine out every chance we could between the rains and some snow. Averaged 31 BPA. Now we can finally get started harvesting the corn.

  • 11/3 - Southwest Iowa: We are finally able to get back in and work on the last of our beans starting late Sunday.  We noticed some of them starting to pop out of the pods...figured we better get them done ASAP!  They were testing 13.5 when we started up again and after some warm breezy days they are running 12.5 as of last night.  RR1 and RR2 beans are running anywhere from 50 to 65 which is fantastic for our area.  We hope to be done with beans in the next day or two....we planned on switching everything over to corn but all the sudden people are catching wind that we are close to done with beans now and farmers are tossing their checkbooks at us to help out with custom work on beans...guys are just so far behind and made weather related choices this spring to put in beans when they couldn't get corn we might hold off on corn just to help out around the neighborhood!  We checked some 113 day corn planted on April 15th about a month ago...hand shelled some ears into the was 17.5 a month ago...we figure we can hit corn anytime now and we should be looking pretty good.  Thanks to the man upstairs for what looks to be a long stretch of warm and dry!

  • 11/3 - St. Clair County, Southwestern Illinois: We picked up a mere 14 inches of rain in October.  Not only was this the wettest October on record, it was the fourth wettest month ever recorded in our area.  Saturday brought about panic for guys farming in the bottoms along the rivers.  Many were doing anything possible to get their crops out before any of the rivers crested.  It is slow going for everyone as you cannot bring any trucks, wagons, or grain carts into any fields for fear of burying them.  The neighbor down the road buried his combine and it took two Caterpillars to get him out.  I would put corn harvest at maybe 8 percent complete as some folks have never started due to high moisture and no on the farm drying.  Beans are maybe 30 percent complete.  I guess we will see how much the beans rotted in the next few days.  We are hoping for beans to go on Wednesday or Thursday in this area.  It was 70 degrees today and we could use another six weeks of this weather.  Many nervous folks around here and who can blame them.  Corn yields are running anywhere from 170-240 and beans are running 35-54.  Be safe everyone and best of luck with your harvest.
  • 11/3 - Central Nebraska: 12 in snow just melted. Fields a saturated and corm is wet with little hope of drying down because of freeze before maturity. The USDA needs to wake up and smell the roses.

  • 11/2 - Cooper County, Mo.: Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor: Harvest is finally moving in central Missouri. My father was able to harvest this field of beans, with the help of float tires and 4-wheel drive.


  • 11/2 - Winnebago County, North Iowa: 9.8 inches of rain last 35 days -Winnebago River is bank-full slowing drainage-beans 40% harvested -corn -5% at most. Corn running from 24-30%.  Won't turn a wheel here to at least Wednesday/Thursday on sandy ground.  Local elevator can dry only 25,000 bu daily of 25% corn. Almost all reporting points in Iowa are showing from 2x to 3x normal rainfall from history in past 30 days. Tow ropes are sold out.  Fields will look like war zones before this December harvest is over!

  • 11/2 - Northwest Minnesota: 31% beans don't flow as good as you would think!!

    -- Northwest Minnesota

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  • 11/2 - Mercer County, Northwest Illinois: Another 1.8"s MUD, MUD, MUD. We've only cut 235 acres of beans out of 1400, none below 13 %, most over 14 %. White mold was severe in over half of them! Yields around 40, RR2's. We picked 5 whole acres of corn out of 1600. It tested 28 %, planted first week in May, 111 day RM. Yields appear to be good, but really haven't done enough to tell. Local inland elevators and river terminals are already closing early, or not open at all some days. This is due to the overwhelming amount of wet corn, and there is very little corn even picked. We have a new high capacity continuous flow dryer scheduled to deliver this week. We will see if that really happens. Be safe!.

  • 11/2 - Putnam County, Ill.: We like many in the Midwest have seen one of the wettest Oct. that we can remember. My neighbor and morning coffee partner decided as we had our morning discourse about the weather and how to handle the wet corn. Made a decision to try some of his May 20th planted DK 63-42. He did and took a sample for my new tester and he also took a sample to the local elevator it tested in my tester 34 and at the elevator 37.4 we were both taken a back. The next morning coffee time was, what are we going to do with that wet of corn, we both have allot of that number planted. We came to a decision based on our many years of farming Pray for a warm dry November and hope Fred our LP man has plenty on hand and CGB will give us time to deliver our fall contracts. Oh by the way the yields I did not even ask and he didn't say - moister shock can do that to you. We hope to do beans by mid week we will go around the wet holes and come back and get them when we are waiting on the corn dryer. Have a safe and blessed week.

  • 11/2 - Will County, Ill. (50 miles south of Chicago): We are now very wet. Basically the last harvesting was done on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Oct. 21-23). We received 3.1" of rain. Soybean harvest in this area still stands at 30-40% complete. Since Oct 21, no soybeans have been harvested. As of today, received 3.5" rain this week, with .7" early in week, and last night and today an additional 2.8", so far. There has been a few operators taking a little corn out before this last big rain,   moisture levels still  reported to be in the 30 + % range, and field conditions are muddy. You can probably go ten miles in any direction of our farm and find less than 1 % of corn harvested. In our low spots today, we have corn standing in water, with water up to the ears, and in some places the ears are in the water. So far this month, we received 9.2", let’s hope Nov. will be dry.
  • 11/2 - Shelby County, Iowa: Rain and drizzle today. Some beans out with about 160 acres left in the field. Corn half done moisture 19 t0 21.5 friend tested some still at 28%.It will take a few days of sunshine to get back in the beans. Good luck.

  • 11/2 - Houston County, Minn.: Help me out here. I am confused. Just finished reading the crop comments. No harvest progress, beans to wet to combine or frosted while green. Corn molding, too wet to combine and many reports of very low test weight. Snow burying corn in Colorado and Nebraska. Flooding burying crops in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, etc., etc. Was at the local elevator yesterday. They are in a bind because they have contracts to fill but either no beans are coming in or they have to reject them because of high moisture. Biggest crop ever coming in??? Where?

  • 11/2 - Walcott, Iowa: Even though its rained all week, these guys are still in the field with tracks on combine. Photo by Doug Ratermann.

    -- Walcott, Iowa

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  • 11/2 - Floyd County, Iowa: Corn is 32.5 wet, dried corn weighs 48.lbs.., not a leaf off the stalks, many go through combine, slows you down.  Not much corn harvested yet.  No one booked enough L.P., now it is $1.50 per gallon.  Extension office say corn will not dry anymore in field. Just received 2.3 to 4 inches of rain thank God it isn't snow, over 12 inches of rain in October, water standing everywhere now.Beans are maybe two thirds harvested.

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