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Paul Ralston, Hardin County, Oct. 28

“We got all of the beans cut in six days. We just got in the cab and didn’t slow down. We don’t have a big range in maturity and they were all pretty much the same. There was a lot of water damage and most of the beans were only knee high. As much water damage as there was, I thought we did pretty well. We ended up somewhere over that 50-bushel per acre mark. We used high management on them and tried to get the right stuff on them when they needed it.  We had no weed pressure either. There were a lot of troubles with controlling weeds in many areas this year. I am glad my chemical program is working.

“We’ve gotten about 350 acres of corn done. There are good spots and bad spots. The first corn we shelled was 200 plus bushels. The corn in the good black ground was not as good as I was hoping it would be. We’ve seen anywhere from 225-plus down to 160 bushels. The corn has been good all around and the quality is excellent. We had some with moisture down around 15% and it went right in the bin and we didn’t have to spend money to dry it.

“Standability is a concern for me. We had some pretty good wind on Saturday and there was some corn that blew over a little bit. Hopefully we don’t have too many big rain events so we can keep going. It would be nice if it would dry up and we could keep getting some work done.

“We’re storing corn and hauling all the beans to town. I think most of these high numbers we’re seeing will start going down in terms of yields. I think we are seeing the low prices and that they will start heading back higher. That may be more of a hope than reality.”

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