Pests and diseases sometimes develop in patterns, and sometimes not. To get a sampling of what is happening in the Midwest, Michigan Farmer, Indiana Prairie Farmer and Ohio Farmer editors have teamed up and lured in, or more accurately roped in, a couple of observers in key parts of their states to report every two weeks on what's happening in their fields. Click on the map to see where each reporter is commenting from.
Reporting From Indiana
Bill Pickart: In this area rain, showers and cooler weather have slowed harvest down a little. We have had about two inches of rain in the last couple of weeks. Still, a good portion of bans have been harvested and corn harvest is ongoing. The big crop is also slowing harvest somewhat as equipment and dryers are near capacity.
Some producers were done with harvest at this time last year. Some say it could be Thanksgiving before the 2013 harvest is wrapped up. Everyone is hoping for a mild, dry rest of the fall. On the bright side wheat is off to a great start and there are big smiles to go with big crop yields.
Jim Facemire: Harvest is proceeding in central and south-central Indiana. There have been a few days too damp to run beans but we're running corn. One field with wet spots could have been better but was still reasonably good. It was planted late and big rains didn't help it, because we lost some nitrogen. Most corn is doing reasonably well. Irrigated soybean yields were good, and the beans are large where the field was irrigated. There's still a long way to go, even though we're making progress.
Reporting From Ohio
Luke VanTilburg: We are 90% done with beans. We need only a day and a half to finish. Most people in this area are in the same boat – just finishing up. Yields have been about average to just slightly above.
We are 2/3 done with corn. A lot of people just getting started on corn as they are switching over to corn after their beans are finished. Yields have been just under average. Very disappointing. The July 10 wind storm did a lot more damage than I originally thought. Watching the yield monitor, I am seeing 200+ on the east side of woods that protected the corn from the wind. You start to get away from the woods and the yield monitor slowly drops off to sub 150. You don't see many snapped off stalks, but it must have put it under some kind of stress that reduced the yield significantly.
Wheat that has been planted is up and looking good.
Dan Corcoran: Busy, busy, busy, harvest is still moving forward -- slowly.
The concern of weak stalk quality has once again become a reality. Popcorn has taken the brunt of the damage from the 2-inch rain and high wind storm a week ago. This has really slowed the progress of harvest for popcorn that is ready.
On the soybean harvest we are challenged with green stems. Fortunately the beans are yielding very good, still shaping up to be one of the best. This is the driving force for slow starts everyday and slow harvesting speeds. Still I would be glad to repeat this year over -- so far.
Rain today will slow popcorn harvest, but we can switch to field corn. The corn yields are big and the moisture is beginning to drop.
Cattle are doing well in the feed lot . The brood cows seem to have good pasture and they are content, we don't see them much this time of year except on rainy days. Be safe.
Reporting From Michigan
Janna Fritz: We have started harvesting corn! We have started two fields of 99-day corn and it is coming off at about 22-23% moisture. Yields are right around 190 bushel average so far. Soybeans are wrapped up with about a 45-50 bushel average. We thought that was decent considering the white mold. Sugar beets continue to come off for early harvest in the area, as well. Wheat has been planted and some fall tillage and fertilizer application have also been started. We are in the home stretch!
Richard P. Dobbins: Dick and his wife are having a baby and will not be reporting this week.
Related Field Watch Articles
Friday Field Walk: Yields Surprising Farmers Given Dry Conditions - (Oct. 4)
Friday Field Walk: Corn Harvest Underway, Some Are Starting On Beans - (Sept. 20)
Friday Field Walk: Farmers Are Getting Anxious For Harvest - (Sept. 6)
Friday Field Walk: Farmers Still Optimistic As Most Crops Are Looking Good - (Aug. 23)
Friday Field Walk: Midwest Farmers Find Little To Complain About - (Aug. 9)
Friday Field Walk: What A Change A Year Can Make - (July 28)
Friday Field Walk: Growers Happy With Crop Progress Thus Far - (July 112)
Friday Field Walk: Spraying Is In Full Swing - (June 28)
Friday Field Walk: Crops Are In; Let The Spraying Begin - (June 14)
Friday Field Walk: Conditions Are Spotty - (May 31)
Friday Field Walk: Corn Planting About Done; Beans Underway - (May 17)
Friday Field Walk: Preparing For Planting Dash - (May 3)
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