We managed to begin harvest yesterday, just in time to get rained out for
two days. Early moisture was in the mid 20’s and the yield looked pretty
good on the first 40 acres. We did not see any damage or mold on the
kernels, but we have heard reports of that showing up in the area. Nest
week it appears that harvest will begin full speed ahead. Stay tuned for
Starting to get everything ready for harvest. Crops are looking good and we are shooting for Labor Day weekend to get started. Yield checks look pretty good in most fields, but are prepared for a few surprises in some of the drier areas in June. Hopefully we can miss any big floods like happened in our area this weekend.
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Digging some roots and checking some fields this week. Things look pretty good. We have been getting good times rains every few days. Looks like some heat coming in next week which we can hopefully get thru with out any major yield reductions. The main thing we need is a recovery in the markets. Even with good yields these prices are a challenge.
This week in the field we have been just scouting and looking for any
problems that have popped up. The main thing left to do is to spray the
soybeans. Hopefully in the next week or two we can get that wrapped
up. The markets have also rallied a lot in the last couple of weeks
providing us with some selling opportunities. We are hauling some corn
straight to ADM in Decatur this week out of the bin. Going to the kids
baseball games is our full time job for the next couple of weeks as we approach
pollination. Looks like the hot forecast may come true as we will be in
the upper 90’s here all weekend.
After a long delay hopefully get back in the field this week. All the corn is up and looking good. We got started in soybeans last week and they are having a tough time getting out of the ground. Hopefully some warm weather and sunshine will get them out of the ground before we have any problems.
Mother nature finally decided to get spring up and going this week.
All of the snow will be gone and hopefully the frost will be out of the ground
by the end of the week. That being said we will be lucky if any field work
gets done before the second week of April. The ground has good moisture in
it which will take some time to dry out, especially if we get some rain along
the way. We still have quite a bit of grain to haul out of the bins if the
roads get in good enough shape to haul on along with getting all of the spring
equipment ready. This week we are putting some pieces back together on the
corn planters and making the “to do” list for the next couple of weeks.
Anyway we look at it the countdown is on to the first day of 2015 planting to
Here we are the first of March is upon us and we are under a winter storm
warning. There is about 4-8” of snow on the ground now with another 3-6”
forecasted, and then 47 and rain on Tuesday. We still have approximately
half of our nitrogen to apply and some field work to do that did not get
completed last fall and it does not look like the weather in March will be very
cooperative. Prices are still in a small range and have not done a whole
lot through the winter. We are still forecasting 2015 to be a break even
or below year unless something changes. Input costs and land costs are not
adjusting like they should which is having a negative effect on all of
agriculture. The biggest hit is probably machinery and equipment
dealers. With good incomes the last few years a lot of farmers have
updated machinery and are now pulling back in these low price years.
Hopefully we will get a rally or raise another big crop, but either way things
do not look to rosy for a while.