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Read the latest crop reports from the fields across America! Also, submit your own comments.

October Crop Comments

Oct 29, 2010

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. (Please keep your comments crop-related.)

Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying

  • 10/29 - Central Illinois: The yields here are average, no record setting 130-200. But soybeans are 60-70bu. Corn on Corn hit the low end of the range, 130-180. We have been done from several weeks waiting on soil temps to drop.

  • 10/29 - Cherryvale, southeast Kansas: Corn harvest has been done 4 about 3 weeks now with yields from 90 to 175! Soybean harvest is underway and yields going from 20 to 60 bu./acre with a lot of them in the 30 to 40 range which is good for down here! We are probably only bout 50% done with soybean harvest.

  • 10/27 - Texas: Hail and heavy rains struck some South Plains cotton on Oct. 22, but it's too early to get a handle on the extent of the damage, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. "The bottom line is that we had quite a bit of rain in some places, perhaps 4 inches or greater depending upon where you go," said Dr. Randy Boman, AgriLife Extension cotton agronomist based in Lubbock." There were also heavy hail storms mixed with rain, he said.
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    Hail can devastate a cotton field at any growth stage, as it did this South Plains field in 2005. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Randy Boman)

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  • 10/27 - Jackson County, east central Iowa: Bean harvest is 95-98% complete. Corn harvest is 50-65% done (some guys are done). We had high winds today and it sounds like the same for tomorrow. Some corn went down, but not as bad as it could have been so far. I'm sure it may be worse once we get back into the fields after 2 - 3 inches of rain over the last 3 days. Yields are all over the board for both corn and beans (48-65 bu. for beans and 135 -200 bu. for corn). Hope to be done in 2 weeks (November contracts are holding a lot of guys up).

  • 10/26 - Allen County, Kan.: We have about two days of soybean harvest left.  Remaining fields have some green plants and some with leaves on them.  Harvest/yields started out like gangbusters and then fell off to levels under our targets for this year.  Yields fell of form 40 bpa to a consistency of around 20 to 27 bpa. Yields and product are definitely showing signs of lack of moisture as some beans are smallish.  Very dry moisture of 10.3% to 11.2% with good test weights though. Recent small rain of .5” made for the top layer to soften up but no mud!  Made for nice terrace work and forming.  Trying to get some wheat in but am being faced with supposed seed shortage in region – do not understand that?

  • 10/26 - Odin, Minn.: Picture is of 75% hail damaged beans that sprouted with all warm weather after our 10 inch rain event Sept 22-23. That rain came so fast good share of it ran off. Combining both beans and corn went much better than anyone expected! Great October weather.  THANK GOODNESS we needed it!!
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    -- Odin, Minn.

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  • 10/26 - Meeker County, Minn.: The soybeans equaled my best crop ever, in 1987 of 50 bushels per acre. The corn is 20 bushels better than any crop I have ever seen. Every field we were in was between 190 and 200 bushels per acre. The real bonus was the moisture on the corn. With it being between 14% and 18%. Only dried 25% of the corn. Is this the only place in the corn belt experiencing these kind of crops? That would be hard to believe.

  • 10/25 - Winneshiek County, Iowa: Finishing the field.
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    -- Winneshiek County, Iowa

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  • 10/25 - Calloway, County, Ky.: Tucker Farms finished beans last Monday. Our combine is in the shed and wheat has been up for a week now. Could use some rain very dry!

  • 10/22 - Central Illinois: Corn made 81 bu./acre, it was planted on May 30. Soybeans made 37 bu./acre and it was planted June 30. The regular beans averaged 58-65 bu./acre and the corn averaged 90-230 bu./acre .
  • 10/22 - Lone Elm, Mo.: Daniel Wieland, a farmer from Lone Elm, Mo., says he has just finished harvest and is happy to be done. Yields were great for both corn and soybeans. He says since harvest went so well, they have had time to complete fall tillage and to plant 420 acres of winter wheat.

  • 10/21 - Crooks, S.D.: I only got a quick video of beans this year. Everything went very smooth other than getting stuck a few times. We had record yields and no rain during. My 5 year old niece came and rode with me. It is so fun to have family involved and around to come ride.


  • 10/21 - Opole, Minn.: Will be done with corn by Friday.  Average yields should be just over 200 bushel per acre.  One small field averaged 230.  Amazing corn crop and soybeans averaged in the 60’s.  A small rain would help with tillage a bit.

  • 10/21 - Winneshiek County, northeast Iowa: A lot to be thankful for. 73 acres to go, this year is a complete reversal of last year’s crop.  Coming out of the field @ 14.5%-18.1% -- last year the combine made the a longer distance across these same fields, and with 35% moisture on Thanksgiving weekend --- BIG difference in dry bushels.  Test weights are running from 57.7-61.9 this year—last year from 47-51 lb test weight.  Final ear count on these fields was 35k+.
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    -- Winneshiek County, northeast Iowa

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  • 10/21 - Texas: Much of the state remained dry, some areas critically so. But what's bad news for some crops is excellent news for the cotton harvest, particularly in the High Plains, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports.

    "Overall, it's one of those years where we can probably look back down the road and just be amazed at what happened in 2010," said Randy Boman, AgriLife Extension cotton agronomist based in Lubbock. "We had such a great amount of rain; we had good production -- probably record production -- in the state, coupled with high prices."

  • 10/19 - Deckerville, Mich.: Corn harvest 2010.

  • 10/18 - Dundas County, Morrisburg, Ontario: No-tilling soybeans into corn stalks. T7060 pulling a 30ft 1990CCS. Video courtesy of Cedar Lodge Farms.

  • 10/18 - Jackson County, east central Iowa: I hate to say this after the last two years, but no rain! Beans are probably 3-5 days from getting done. They are running between 8 - 10% moisture. I was holding off (hoping to get a little shower), but now the calendar says getter done! Yields are running in the 48 - 65 bu. range. Corn is 25-35% done, with yields between150 - 210 per acre and moisture 14 - 17%.

  • 10/18 - Simcoe County, central Ontario: Started into corn Oct. 15, almost a month ahead of last year. We were fortunate to have a near perfect growing season and the corn has made the most of it. The 90 day corn is coming off at 22 to 23% moisture and running between 220 to 240 bu./ac and the 93 day corn is coming off below 20% and running between 210 to 240 bu./ac. Have another couple weeks of harvest to go yet and hope everyone has a safe harvest.

  • 10/18 - Henry County, Ohio: Finished soybeans on Columbus Day. Yields somewhat below average 33-51 Highest yielding planted on Fathers Day weekend. Early planting is not always the best more dependent on when the rain falls! Corn 111-190 with most in the 140 range still have over 100 acres to go. Last fall was more enjoyable yield wise.

  • 10/18 - Southeast Iowa: Beautiful planting weather April 12-24, gorgeous harvesting weather Oct. 1 -- current. Complete Flood in between. County corn yield will be less than 100. Beans on hill ground are really good, beans on flat ground could be better. Love the current weather though.

  • 10/18 - Barron County, Wis.: We should finish beans in 2-3 days. Yields range from 35-70. Moistures currently holding around 11%. Average yield looks to be right at 50 bu/A. over 1500 acres. Corn moistures are ranging from 16-26% with yields from 150-220. This will go down as the best yields ever for both corn and soybeans for these parts of NW Wisconsin.Hay yields were also tremendous this summer for those that harvested as haylage ... dry hay guys really struggled. Corn silage yields and quality were also fantastic. God is good!

  • 10/15 - Stryker, Ohio: A night and day difference is how Doug Rupp describes his corn harvest this year as compared to last year on his farm near Stryker, Ohio. While yields were a bit less than he had hoped for, due to dry conditions this past July, he is still pleased with the final 2010 yield results as well as with the market outlook. 

  • 10/15 - Wright County Iowa: Finished corn added up what was in bin and what in town and yield was down 17.5% from last year. Beans off 2 bushels. Last 40K corn was all under 15% moisture. Finished 4 days later than when I started last year.

  • 10/15 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Pushing a 35' MacDon (Case IH branded) flex draper.

  • 10/14 - Texas: While most of the state enjoyed mild fall weather that was conducive to harvesting row crops and even taking another hay cutting, much of East Texas and parts of Central Texas remained dry, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. East Texas got some relief from drought conditions as a cool front brought an inch or more of rain over the weekend.

  • 10/14 - Quincy, Mich.: Ultimate Farm Quest participant, Leon Knirk, says his 2010 soybean crop averaged about 50 bushels per acre this year.
    “These are as good of beans as I’ve had—don’t know that they’ve ever been better, certainly not in the last three or four years,” says Knirk, who farms near Quincy, Mich. “We had rains at the right times this season, and that helped us a lot.” The following harvest video offers a snapshot of Knirk’s soybean crop.

    After enduring uncooperative weather the past three years, Leon Knirk says his corn crop finally got a break this season. The Ultimate Farm Quest participant, based near Quincy, Mich., says yields averaged about 170 bushels per acre for the early season corn, and he anticipates better yields in his full season corn.  The following video provides a brief glimpse of his early season corn harvest.

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  • 10/13 - Adairville, Ky.:We got our first rain in over a month yesterday, and it was less than a half inch.  The dry weather has made for good harvest conditions, but has not been ideal for getting the winter crops off to a good start.  Quite a bit of wheat has been planted over the last couple of weeks. Before this latest rally in corn and soybeans prices, I would have said that wheat acres would be up around here, but now I don't feel comfortable making that guess. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 10/13 - Buffalo County, Neb.:Last year we started corn harvest on Oct 13.  Tomorrow we finish the 2010 harvest!  What a difference a year makes.  Soybean yields were a record for most farms in this area.  Most yields were in the 70-80bu range.  Corn yields are a little soft for this area but are still very respectable at 160 to 220.  Dryland yields are setting records at up to 200 bu. which are unheard of in this semi-arid area.  Test weights are dramatically improved over last years 56-58# running 60-62# this fall.  Looks like the implement dealers won’t have anything to complain about this winter!!  Buy JD stock before it’s too late!!!

  • 10/13 - Trempealeau County, Wis.: The ground dried out faster than anyone could believe after all that rain.  We got the high moisture corn off and the beans soon followed, beans yields around 55 bu/A @ 11% moisture, after seeing a lot of 8-9% beans 11% sounded wet.  Finally seems to be something to the Roundup Ready to Yield beans, they beat the RR1 and Y series beans by an average of 8 bu/A.  Although the RR1’s around 50 wasn’t anything to complain about.  Now on to doing the dry corn, and it looks like it’ll be very dry but with good test weight.  With corn prices shooting upwards, we kinda feel good about only doing a couple contracts and chancing the rest on the cash market this year.  Everything has been going very smoothly and quickly, harvest may well be over in less than two weeks for the majority of guys around here.  Looks like we’ll have time for tillage and rut repair this fall, so things maybe shaping up for a good spring already.  Have a safe and successful harvest.

  • 10/12 - Lewistown, Mont.: Just wrapping up winter wheat seeding. Again, we are a couple of weeks behind normal, just like last year, but for completely different reasons. Last year it was bone dry until mid until mid October and this year we have had a lot of fall rain, which is unusual for our country.  But has made for ideal winter wheat seeding, albeit, late.   Harvest was a bit of challenge as we were late with that also.  Fought a lot of rain and sawfly damage but we managed to finish before all the rain we had in September. There is a lot of crop in Montana that is yet un-harvested and a lot of harvested wheat that has sprout damage. But I think most people would agree that 2010 will go down as a pretty good year. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 10/12 - Brown City, Mich.: We were hot and dry in August. All season we thought we were on pace for record yields! Check out how this plot yielded. Each variety's yield is posted within the video. Please don't make buying decisions off of the results of just one plot! I hope you have enjoyed watching this plot through out the season.

  • 10/12 - Monroe, Prairie counties, Arkansas: Soybean yields vary widely related to the quality of irrigation. With only two rains in 4 months, Mother Nature provided little to complete the crop. Where irrigation was provided on time, yields are consistent with 10 year average. Where irrigation was lacking or impossible yields are very disappointing. With current weather conditions, harvest should be completed in 10-12 days. The ease of harvest of soybeans and rice is one bright spot in an otherwise sub-par growing season. Prices on unsold soybeans are a big offsetting plus, though. Rice had a triple downside with poor yields, milling yields, and prices.

  • 10/12 - O’Brien County, Iowa: We have been dry since the third week in September. The beans came out at 13 - 14% had hail the week we were ready to start harvest had 10 - 29% damage and still average 58 bu.  Went right into corn moisture is 13 - 17 % won't need the dryer this year. Yields are all over the place wet spots 130, the rest 200 plus if well drained. Another week and 70% of the corn will be done in this part of the country.

  • 10/12 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Watch a night view of soybean harvesting.


  • 10/11 - Fillmore County, southeast Minnesota: Our beans ran 55-56 bushels per acre.  I have heard some field yields in the low sixties.  This is the best average bean yield we have had in several years.  Previous two years we were in the low forties.  We had corn yield checks from 183-240 when we chopped silage in September. Yesterday, we combined 102 day corn at 15%.  Looks like our corn yields will average over 200.  We have seen many of our better fields run 210-220.  Could be the best corn crop we have ever had.  Crop was in early, and we had a warm, wet summer.

  • 10/11 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Watch some corn harvest.

  • 10/11 - Mitchell County, north central Iowa: Most of the county's soybean crop is in the bin. A few have completed corn, too.  Yields are better than expected for beans and about as expected for corn.  55-65 beans / 210 to 235 on corn.  Moisture is from 16 to 18% and 56 lbs test weight.  Dusty conditions and warm days has the crop drying quickly in the field. Corn is standing well and ear loss is minimal.  Would appreciate a rain.
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    --Mitchell County, north central Iowa

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  • 10/11 - Allen County, Moran, Kansas: Soybean harvest is in full motion.  After two years of having to mud out the bean crop it is nice to have some decent weather and temperatures to work in.  Yields are coming in at 37 to 43 bu./acre with excellent moisture (13.5%) and test weights (59.6).  One noticeable trait is there are some variances in bean sizes as the crop was dry during critical pod/bean filling period due to a lack of rain – which came about ten days to late. There are some smaller sized beans every now and then.

  • 10/8 - Livingston/LaSalle counties, Illinois: Started planting wheat last Tuesday.  Planted 350 acres of custom work last week, another 100 this week.  Ideal conditions!  No-Tilling into soybean stubble. Generally waiting 2-5 days after the combine.  Dry soil on top, moisture below, very warm soil temps.  Some other growers are disking ahead of planting, some to fill in sprayer ruts from this summer. I still have soybeans on the fields I want to plant to wheat. Beans didn't get planted until July 2nd. Have combining some, but still a lot of green beans. Definitely more wheat being planted this year than last! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 10/8 - Jackson County, east central Iowa: Everyone with beans is combining beans. I would guess 40-50% done. Beans are getting to dry 9-10.5 %. I am running into extreme ranges in yields (40 -65 bu./acre, farm averages). I have some custom work to do (if they still want to do them), but I am not going to any more of my own because of the moisture and field losses. Some corn is being done (15-20% done), with moisture in the 15 to 18% range as a rule.

  • 10/8 - Vernon, Texas: It is getting close to time to plant 2011 winter wheat. We have been working for a while to become no-till in our wheat production, and this will be the first year we are 100% no-till for our wheat. Some producers have planted early for grazing, but most for grain wait awhile so we don't have to deal with worms. We are looking to start planting around Nov. 1. We have forward contracted our 2011 production, so now all we have to worry about is making some wheat. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 10/8 - Central Illinois: Corn on corn ground is not good. Averaging about 30-40 bu. less than corn/soybean rotation. 140 is about as good it gets.

  • 10/8 - Northern Iowa: Getting just shy of 200 bu. on corn. Quality is much better than last year.

  • 10/8 - Western Missouri: Finished corn harvest about a week ago. Yields were not very good, and will probably average less than 150 bu./acre.

  • 10/8 - Miami/Fulton counties, north central Indiana: Ran our first soybeans on October 5.  All going to processor in Claypool.  Average yield 56.87. 39+ ac field had early group III's, mid group III's and a late group III.  The later the bean the better they yielded in this field.   Not bad but have had better.  Very dry!  Moisture in late afternoon under 11%.  Head loss very bad.  Beans bouncing and dinging off of windshield of the combine.  I'm sure if we could have gotten to them a couple of days earlier they would have been better. Getting very dry in our neighborhood.  Could use a 2" soaker and we'd be back in the field the next day.

  • 10/7 - Downs, Ill: Here is our video from the 2010 soybean harvest. We once again buried the camera and got a pretty cool shot, but this time with the soybean platform instead of the corn head like on the previous video. We also tried to attach the camera to the head of the combine. One shot looking directly down the length of the head did not turn out very well as you will see. There was just too much vibration, and it shook the camera like crazy. I only used a little of that clip because it became pretty difficult to see once we started moving through the field. The second shot we strapped it to the reel and aimed it towards the center of the head, where the grain enters the feeder house. It got pretty dusty after only a few seconds, so I wasn't able to use too much of the clip. I think the video and music came together pretty well. AC/DC and their song "Thunderstruck" worked out great.

    The soybean yields have been exceptional. They are pretty consistent at 60-75 bu/ac average. We finished harvesting soybeans on September 30, 2010 and have about a week and a half of corn harvest left.

    This year has been a challenging year, but it has also been a fun year as well. We have had a lot of fun making the videos and hope that everyone likes to watch them. I think this will be my last video of the year. We took some great video of the fungicide being applied to the corn this summer by airplane, but I haven't been able to fit that into the videos anywhere. Thanks to everyone that has helped us make this year a great year, and we look forward to next year! Video courtesy of Wentworth Family Farms.

  • 10/7 - Pasquotank County, N.C.: September 27-30, we had15.4 inches rain. April 1-September 26 -- 17.0 inches rain.We are back to normal according to TV weather man.

  • 10/7 - Jackson County, Minn.: I'm a bit disappointed in soybean yields. We are only seeing mid 40's to low 50's in comparison to many 60 to 65 bu./acre some are saying their getting. It’s still a good crop at 50 and we have to be thankful for that given the extreme weather we have had.

  • 10/7 - Brown County, Minn.: Beans were okay. Better on light ground and okay on heavy ground. Started corn, could be interesting, yield 200 to250 at14.5 to16.5% on 98 day corn. Weather has been great after getting 5 in. rain 10 days ago. Everyone have a safe harvest.

  • 10/7 - St. Clair/Madison counties, southwest Illinois: Rapid is the best way to describe harvest in this area.  Corn is becoming very hard to find.  I would estimate corn harvest at around 90% complete.  Yields have been somewhat variable, but in general are good.  I think most yields are above the 5 year average even if they are below the record crop of 2009.  The best well drained fields have seen yields over 200, poorer drained fields have fallen into the 160-190 range.  A few areas in the southern part of our area had some dry weather, but corn yields still ranged in the 140-170 range.  With virtually no drying expense this years corn harvest is probably going to be more profitable even with a few less bushels. 

    Beans are starting to come off this week.   A fair amount of lodging and green stems has made it somewhat slower than normal.  Many are finding “best ever” bean yields.  Harvest progress is probably about 40% on beans as of now but could be close to 75% or more by the end of the weekend.  Yields for the most part seem to be running 55-65, with a few above and below that range.  Even the few double crop beans that are out look like they will exceed 40 bushels.

    A lot of wheat getting planted in some areas, but tight seed supplies will keep acres somewhat in check but definitely up from 09. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 10/7 - Central Stearns County, Minn.: Bean yields are coming out in the 50's plus and dry, 11-13% moisture. Corn harvest has started. Yields are looking like the high170's, moisture in the low 20's.

  • 10/6 - Peck, Mich.: Oct. 5 harvest of soybeans was in high gear at D & D Thom Farms near Peck, Michigan. Moistures were dropping below 15 and by the end of the day were dipping to near 12 %. It was nice to see these two fine John Deere STS combines equipped with 35 ft flex platforms make quick work of the field.

  • 10/6 - Huntington County, northeast Indiana: We are within a few acres of finishing our beans.  Oct. 6, the day we started the 09 harvest.  This year is different from 09. The yield this year has been above average for our ground.  Mostly in the 50's.  Varieties make a big difference in yield.

  • 10/6 - Buena Vista County, Iowa: Most of beans out with yields from 40 to 60 depending on the field and how it handled all the rain. Corn started with moisture around 15 and one load under 15. Monitor runs from 230 to 0 in the same round. To much rain. Super dry, very dusty and stalks are turning to powder.

  • 10/6 - Princeton, Ill.: Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor -- Like farmers, harvest is the time plant breeders get to see the result of their labors. We followed Wyffels plant breeder Fritz Behr to the field recently as he rated hybrids in a company test plot near Princeton, Ill.


  • 10/5 - Jasper County, Ind.: Early corn was very disappointing, 130-150, later corn on well drained soils going 200 -210, which is what we are use too. Just starting beans, 52- 65 avg. so far on two different farms.

  • 10/5 - East central Illinois: Corn was poor on the good ground and good on the poor ground. not much on the low spots and very good on the high spots.  Beans were good on the early planted fields and 10 to 20 bu./acre less on the later planted soybean fields. Beans were to dry (7 % to 10 % ) and corn was coming out 13.8% to 16%  at the end of harvest, so some yield was lost to lack of moisture. Also some of the dry corn was shelling on the stalk. Much of the RR2 soybeans where almost flat on the ground. Very good harvest weather in east central Illinois, unlike the last two years.

  • 10/5 - Renville County, Minn.: We will finish soybeans today; 55 bu. with the exception of one field-45 bu. (too much rain in June). Start corn this afternoon.

  • 10/5 - Cass and Traill, counties N.D.: Bean and sugar beet harvest in full swing. Very good yields. Beans running 40 to 70 Bu. (30-35 Normal ). Very little corn done. Early maturing corn 150 to 200+. Should see heavy corn harvest starting next week. Expect yields to be 30 to 50 Bu better than APH.

  • 10/5 - Southwest Ohio: We have had only one inch of rain in over two months.  Corn finished before the drought and has been in the 180's at 14-15% moisture.  Early beans have been good but the late planted due to rain in the spring are going to be poor.  It seems crazy to hear about the wet conditions a lot of places and we are bone dry!

  • 10/5 - Carroll County, Iowa: Weather has been great for harvest. There isn't many beans left. They done pretty well around here our worst field done 55 are best was a field that was corn on corn for years and it yield 82. A lot of the corn is getting is going too. We have been seeing fields average above 200 our best was 256.

  • 10/5 - Goodhue County, Minn.: Very good yields. Side by side yield comparison across the field with a weight wagon.212 bu. @23.5 moisture and 240 bu. @ 27.5 moisture.  Also hearing good reports on soybeans ranging from 50 to 60 bu. per acre. Hope everybody has a safe harvest.

  • 10/5 - Stearns County, Minn.: Soybean yields absolutely amazing with 70 bushel per acre which is excellent for this far north.  Corn yields should be around 200+ bushel per acre but much drier than last year.  Some moisture samples below 20% already.  I am planning on letting it dry one more week and then start harvesting.  Fields are actually drying out nicely with all the sunshine and wind.  What a great year!  Time to enjoy it since they don’t come around very often it seems.  BE SAFE EVERYONE!

  • 10/5 - Summit County, northeast Ohio: Started beans on 9-20 and have been surprised at the yields given that we had very little if any measurable rains throughout the end of July till the end August.  They have been in the low 40 bushel average to some fields in the very low 50's.  These are the Pioneer 92Y80 and the 92Y30 variety.  That's about what we get around here in these sandy type of soils.   I did run off some corn in early Sept, the yields were not like last year, was averaging right around the 130-145 bushels and 18 to 20% moisture.  This was 95 day Pioneer 37Y12 conventional.  It has now started to rain and it looks as if I will by out of the fields till the end of the week.

  • 10/4 - Wilbur, Wash.: The winter wheat is in the ground and growing nicely.  To the south there were some untimely rains causing some reseeding to take place.  The harvest was a late one, but for the most part all wrapped up.  Not looking forward to all the shop work this winter trying to breath some more life into the equipment though! (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 10/4 - Southwest Ohio: It's fly free date time in southern Ohio so some wheat should get planted this week.  I know of some planted near Dayton and it is up but I have seen nothing but some drills sitting out ready to plant. Some barley is going in for the local barley feed market but everyone has been concentrating on getting their corn and soybeans harvested.  It has been slow because we are blessed with good yields.

    If you are planting cereal grains this fall you ought to try the SabrEx seed treatment from ABM in Van Wert, Ohio.  It made and extra 14 bushels in trials this summer and I know it added bushels to my corn and soybeans.  It replaces T-22 seedbox treatment or supplements it.  It is a different strain of trichaderma.  I know the local dealer had some seed left with the seed already inoculated with it when they added the chemical seed treatment.

    It is so very dry we might need a shower to get the cereal grains out of the ground.  I don't think there will be much wheat planted because of the corn and soybean markets and for the lack of seed but it is a good crop for rotation if you can get it planted.  My double crop soybeans look amazingly good for as dry as it has been, maybe 4 inches all summer but it was planted the earliest I ever planted double crop soybeans after wheat.  That was the last 10 days of June.

    Combine and field fires are a constant concern so you know it is dry. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's
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    -- Southwest Ohio

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  • 10/4 - Dinwiddie, Va. (30 mi. south of Richmond): Received nearly 8 in. of rain over the past five days. The first measurable amount in almost two months and a summer with the most days above 100 degrees on record. Corn harvest is complete with yields from zero to sixty average is normally about 110. Soybean harvest on group 4 was just beginning with yields from the teens to thirties average is normally about 35. Peanuts look very poor as we just started digging and now can't get in the field to combine. Hopes of a quick and easy harvest are now disappearing as there is more rain in the forecast. Small grains planting is on hold for a while also.

  • 10/4 - Western Walsh County, northeast North Dakota: An early, warm spring gave way to many rain delays during the growing season.  Our 2500 acres of wheat turned into a mixed bag of great looking wheat and very nice yields of 60 to 75 bu. in August,  to a rain soaked September, with bleached out, light test weight, wet wheat.  We finished yesterday, Sept 30, by getting the combine stuck on the last round.  Very little fall tillage has been done around here.  Our soil conditions are as bad as 1993.  Edible bean and sunflower harvest will be difficult.   Wheat protien levels ranged from 12.6 to 14.2% (not much was at 14% or better).  Even the best varieties available showed much advantage over the medium pro wheats.  Just too much rain all summer and no stress on the crops. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's

  • 10/4 - Crooks, S.D.: We didn't get as much corn silage done as we would have hoped. It kept raining us out, and with excess heat the corn dried down too fast. If it's lower than 60% you start loosing the quality for corn silage. We finished with about 4,000 ton while normally we have 7,000 ton. We will end up rationing the corn silage and adding more haylage.



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