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Between the Rows farmers wrap up a challenging 2019

Nathan Brown

We are finished with soybeans and have not quite half of our corn left to shell yet. We’ve had a few breakdowns with the combine and we have a grain bin that needs to be finished and that is holding us up. In the neighborhood there are still quite a few guys trying to finish up. Some are really close and there are some with plenty of acres yet to cover.

The corn we have shelled so far has been in the 17% to 20% moisture range. We haven’t gotten into any really super high moisture corn, but it is still keeping the dryer running. Other than some coon and deer damage along the edges of the fields, the stalk quality seems to be holding in there pretty well. We did apply fungicides and that seems to have helped with plant health and standability.

It has been surprising how good the corn has been. We had the wet spring and then it got dry and we were afraid we’d take a hit, but most of the fields have been at least average and two or three are quite a bit above average.

We were disappointed in the beans. A lot of that went back to the tough growing season that started so cool and wet. Then we had some diseases that crept in at the end. I think overall plant health would have helped push yields up a little bit if we had applied fungicide.

It was a challenging year from the get-go. We tried to get out early and then we fought the rain and getting things sprayed and keep the weeds down. There was no point during the growing season where we sat back and said, “We’ve got this now.” Every day there was a new challenge and it will continue to be challenging through the winter as we finish marketing this crop.

We got the wheat planted Oct. 8 and it looks very good. We are hopeful for a good wheat crop in 2020. Hopefully if it does get really cold we’ll have some snow cover on it this winter.

 

Lamar Liming

Beans are 75% or 80% done around here. Corn is all over the board. There are guys who have been done for a week or two and some aren’t half done yet. I am done with beans and about half done with corn now. I can barely get corn under 20% moisture. I can’t get it to dry down more than that. Now we have to just get it off. So far the stalks are holding up. We got a little lodging from the last wind that came through, but not bad. It is supposed to get cold and we are supposed to get one to two inches of snow tomorrow and another couple of inches overnight. The further north you get the more snow they’re supposed to get.

The soybeans were about what I thought they’d be going into it. They did better than I thought we’d see when I originally planted them. They ended up below average, but they are what they are. I had yields from 35 to 68 bushels and I heard about yields higher and lower than that.

For corn, I have one field off that was 180 bushels and another better than that so I’m pretty happy with corn so far. With another week or so I think we can get done with harvest. I am hoping we don’t get a whole lot of moisture out of the next couple of days.

The wheat has been growing slowly. Some is coming up pretty well and some isn’t and I think we have the potential for some problems over the winter.

The hay ground does not look bad heading into winter. I’d say we’re alright and I’m fine on supply but I am hearing there is not much hay out there.

 

Andrew Armstrong

We got harvest wrapped up and helped a couple of neighbors wrap up their corn harvest. Now the sprayers are in the shop and we are getting ready to spray the burndown with 2,4-D and Roundup. We are waiting for the last minute to spray because we feel that gives us better chance of making sure we kill everything. We probably won’t spray until after the rain-snow mix this week.

We have a couple of fields that got a little out of hand with weeds this year. Our fall burndown will definitely help. We are going to have to see what next year brings but we are planning on changing some varieties for next year to make sure we can take care of those weeds.

The 2019 season was challenging. For the most part we were pleasantly surprised with the yields we had. For some fields we were ecstatic with the yields we saw and in other fields that were hit pretty hard we were at least happy to have something to harvest. We learned this year that when you can plant, you need to go for it.

Our corn was really close to average, maybe slightly below. Soybeans were below average but not far below. We didn’t have too many breakdowns during planting or harvest this year, which really helped. We were able to keep running.

 

Dylan Baer

We are smack in the middle of corn harvest. The weather has been challenging and the corn moisture has been challenging. We have not hauled a load in under 24% and it has been a real battle. We do not have a grain drying system, Mother Nature has not been cooperating and colder temperatures are coming. They are calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow today.

So far we have been into three different fields. One field was 100- and 105-day corn sprayed with fungicide and it went 208 bushels after shrink at 25% moisture. The other fields are not as good, maybe 140 and 160, but still not bad corn for what it went through and the conditions it was in. The stars had to be aligned perfectly for this.

We sprayed all of our corn and it hurt us on this moisture but it helped with standability. There are some guys around here worried about the stalk strength. Ours seems to be alright.

Our beans ended up averaging somewhere between 50 and 55 bushels. That is incredible for the planting dates. We have averaged that on beans planted on May so I don’t know what more we could have asked for. Most of the beans in the area are wrapped up and we are just looking at corn now.

I think we will wait a week and try corn again. Without our own storage, we are at the mercy of elevators and they are not too interested in taking 28% moisture corn either. It is tough to handle too. We can’t even make a round before the combine is full and that makes everything tough.

We are very happy with the wheat. It had a great start and it looks good.

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