Doug Longfellow, Darke County, Sept. 9

“We had another batch of storms last weekend and we got a quarter of an inch. It was better than nothing, but we still have less than an inch in the last 30 days. We’re still not complaining and we will have something decent to harvest. The timing was not that great with the dry August. The drought monitor is just catching us on the first stage of the drought.

“We would have really had some bumper stuff if we would have gotten rains in the last month, but it is still amazing how well things are podding up and filling kernels with so little rain.

“Everything is starting to turn now and diseases are a non-issue at this point. I have been hearing of corn yield estimates of everything from 150 to 250 depending on your soils and the rain. It looks like we will probably run a field of beans towards the end of the week. I expect to start to see some more stuff coming in at the elevator later this week. I thought we would have an early variety of corn that would run this week, and it looks like it will be close.

“There are a few guys in Darke and Miami County running corn and beans, but not a lot so far. Most of the corn moistures are in the high 20s and low 30s. Beans have been as low as 10% for early maturities.

I think the earlier maturity beans will be the better yields. Neighbors of ours ran beans and they were close to 70 bushels an acre. I heard about some early corn at 130 or 140 bushels, but that was further west where it was even drier than here.

There is a 50% chance for rain this week. It is getting a little late for rain, but we’ll take it if we can get it.  We were worried about a late harvest but the hot and dry weather took care of it.

After we had that boost for the bean prices there was some activity at the elevator, but since then there has not been much movement as far as selling bushels. There is not much happening until we get into harvest.

“We did fly on some annual ryegrass for the first time last week and it needs some rain to get going.”

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