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: We had two to three inches of rain in this area a week and a half ago that quickly dried up. Since then harvest has been going fast in both corn and beans until some rain and foggy mornings this week. Some of the beans actually got too dry. Corn is also drying but where fungicides were used, it's a little slower drying down. Corn is maturing the way you would like to see it with brown husks but still a little green at the top of the plant. Yields are very good for both crops, especially considering the hot, dry conditions in August. Two hundred bushel per acre corn is fairly common, but prices are rapidly fading. There are some who wonder if we will have room for all the crop, and there have already been liens at the elevator. Overall, it's a good harvest so far, especially in light of 2012.
Jim Facemire: The seed harvest is nearly complete in this area. For the most part yields were above average and better than expected. Soybeans on gravelly ground matured early, but yielded much better than expected, with some in the mid-40's. That was a surprise. Corn on gravelly ground is in the 150 plus range, also a surprise. With a normal August, obviously yields would have been much better.
We're hearing about yields in the high '50's on better ground, but it's ground that should be making in the mid-60's. No doubt the August dry weather hurt, just maybe not as much as we anticipated. Last year still haunted us, but last year it was terrible early, better late. This year it was OK early with moisture, dry late. There is a tremendous difference.
Reporting From Ohio
Luke VanTilburg: Harvest is moving along in our area. We are now 50% done on beans and 40% on corn. We continue to see bean yields in lower 50's. Corn continues to be a disappointment. Some manure and lime are being applied and tillage work is getting started. Wheat is being sown when conditions are good.
Dan Corcoran: Harvest has been going along well. We harvested 600 acres of beans and all provided good yields. We have maybe 100 more acres that are ready now. Then we will need a little time for some more to be ready.
The corn harvest is about 300 acres completed now, but has slowed because of moisture concerns and the ongoing bean harvest. The last fields of corn we found to harvest were running 25% and then 30% moisture, so we stopped, for now. Popcorn Tested 19-20% moisture, which is still too early to start. But we hope late this week we might try. Keep safe.
Reporting From Michigan
Janna Fritz: Dry bean harvest is complete on our farm but continues in the area. Yields were average, but good considering the white mold pressure. We have planted our wheat acres for next year and have started into the first soybean field. There are some great spots and some terrible spots. So far soybeans seem to be around that 50 bushel mark for a field average. Corn is still being chopped for silage but there has not been any dry corn harvested for grain yet. Sugar beet early harvest continues as well.
Richard P. Dobbins: On our farm, we harvested a small amount of soybeans. They are still slightly too wet, but yields look promising.
We have heard that some non-irrigated corn is being harvested in our area and is running 200+ bushels but the moisture is high and the test weight is slightly off.
A lot of our corn is still yet to black layer. We're hoping to keep the frost away as long as possible so the corn can finish out.
I just spoke with the company that is our partner in seed corn and they are 50% done with harvest and yields are good.
Related Field Watch Articles
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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