Jim Herring-September 24th

Harvest is just getting going in the area.

“We harvested the first soybean field on Friday before the rain. It was a gravelly field and I expected the worst with the drought conditions we had. I had to double check the yield monitor to make sure I was seeing things right. I ended up with a 50-bushel average. The lows were pretty darn low, but the highs were right up there. I thought it would be one of my worst fields and it would be nice if that were true. I was really surprised.

“So far, aflatoxin has not been an issue around here in the corn that I have heard of and things look like they are standing pretty well. We are keeping an eye on things and if they start to deteriorate I will switch from soybeans to corn. I planted all full season hybrids and most of my corn still isn’t ready. So far, the corn yields are the real question, but the beans are doing pretty well.

“We’ve had a lot of rain lately, but it has been drying off quickly. We’ve probably had three inches in the last two weeks. It will help with the fall tillage. I saw some frost this morning, but it wasn’t very heavy.

“We’re going to get the combines rolling this afternoon and I hope there are more pleasant surprises.”

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