7 Harvest 2009 Surprises and Trials

November 19, 2009 06:00 PM

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
What a year! More than one farmer has submitted these words to AgWeb's Crop Comments. The 2009 harvest has been a frustrating, astounding and even satisfying one.
Here are seven of the many surprises and trials from this harvest:
1. Muddy, Muddy Mess
In Brown County, S.D., a farmer says when the beans finally were dry enough to harvest, the ground was not. "A neighbor stuck his combine, couldn't pull it out, brought in a track hoe, and check out the results,” the farmer says. "Combines are buried all over northeast South Dakota.”

-- Brown County, S.D.

(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.)


2. Super-High Yields
"I've never had as good of yields as I have this year,” says a farmer from Holdingford, Minn. "Soybeans pushed 60 bu./ac. and corn is all of 200 bu./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.”

3. Long, Long Lines
At the grain elevator in Macon, Ill., Farm Journal's found long lines of trucks unloading high-moisture corn. "This elevator shuts down to high-moisture corn around 1 p.m. With moistures running around 19 to 20%, these guys are hustling to get in as early as they can.” she says.

4. No Time for Wheat
A farmer Ellsworth County, Kan., says they intended to plan 350 acres of hard red winter wheat behind their soybeans. But, there just isn't time. "Because it has been wet, and it is now late with reduced crop insurance, we decided not to plant those acres to wheat. This will drop our intended acres by about 25% which is quite significant.” 
5. Maxed-Out Elevators
"Our biggest problem is storage and dumping,” says a farmer from the Hamilton and Eaton area in Ohio. "Many grain companies are full or have no where to store.  It's a good problem to have but nonetheless, a problem.”
6. Field Dry Down in November?
A farmer from Lafayette and Grant counties in southwest Wisconsin says this year has provided one of the most amazing corn stories in his 40 years of farming. "In the past three weeks, corn has dried from 3-10 points,” the farmer says. "This is the most amazing dry down I have ever witnessed...especially this late in the year.”

7. Surprise, Surprise!
A farmer from Roseau County, Minn., submitted this photo of a surprise field guest to AgWeb's Crop Comments. "It's a BEAR corn market!” says the farmer.

-- Roseau County, Northwest Minnesota

(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.)

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You can e-mail Sara Schafer at sschafer@farmjournal.com.
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