2010 Harvest: Fast, Good and Time for Tillage

December 6, 2010 08:33 AM

For most farmers across the country, the 2010 harvest was a breeze. In fact, many farmers finished their 2010 harvest before they even got started in 2009. 

“It has been a dry fall great for harvesting the corn crop this year,” reports a Low County, South Carolina, farmer.
In Lancaster County, Pa., a farmer says harvest was fast and yields were great. “Corn yield was 200 bu./acre and double-crop soybeans, after wheat, was 55 bu./acre.”
The early harvest was also easy on the pocketbook, in terms of drying costs. An Eaton County, Mich., farmer says he had only 2 loads with a drying charge and saved $12,000 in drying charges.

More Time for Field TLC

This fast-paced harvest has allowed some to catch up on tillage and fertilizer applications, which went undone last year.
A farmer from Lone Elm, Mo., says since harvest went so well, they have had time to complete fall tillage and to plant 420 acres of winter wheat.
In Trempealeau County, Wis., a farmer reports harvest went very smooth and yields were excellent.
“This was the best year we have ever had, we even got all of our fall tillage, what little we do, done early this year, put some time into ripping some low areas and tried busting a little swamp ground on some field edges,” says a Trempealeau County, Wis., farmer.
“With fertilizer taking off like a rocket, it feels good to have everything locked in for next year, even seed is booked. We hadn’t even finished beans at this point last year and now we are looking for things to do.”
A Holdingford, Minn., farmer also says he has his 2011 seed and fertilizer booked and has been able to spend more time in the field this fall. “I am just finishing up getting manure hauled out and chiseled in, only about 50 acres of fall chiseling of cornstalks left.”

An Eye on the Sky

Even with the great harvest weather, some farmers are hoping for a little more moisture.
“It is still bone dry, all chances of rain just seems to dissipate,” says an east-central Illinois farmer. “It is to dry and chunky to apply anhydrous on ground worked almost two months ago.”
In central Kentucky, a farmers reports it has also been bone dry. “We got some rain recently, but not enough to make up the difference.”

Looking Ahead

What are your plans for 2011? Will you plant more corn or soybeans? Are fertilizer prices a concern? E-mail cropcomments@agweb.com.

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