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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.

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

  • 12/23 - 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)

    (Have any photos of the crops on your farm? Send them to AgWeb and have them posted on Crop Comments! Be sure to include a caption.)

  • 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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