Combines are finding their way back into the shed and fieldwork is winding down; that means it’s time to plan for next year.
CropWatcher 2.0 Lucas Roney has already made his corn and soybean seed selections for next year but is evaluating test plot results to fine tune his 2021 plans.
“We've thought about planting more soybeans than normal next year because the price outlook seems to favor soybeans right now, but will probably keep our normal rotation,” the Moultrie County farmer shared. “We're looking at herbicide and fungicide programs for next spring based on the tillage practice on each field as well.”
This week, Roney is finishing planting his cereal rye cover crops on corn stalks and subsoiling bean stubble.
In McHenry County, John Bartman is researching growing sorghum.
“An elevator in our area is looking for growers,” he said. “It looks like an interesting crop on our lighter soil types.”
Bartman’s fieldwork continues as he spreads lime and is doing some fall tillage on the headlands.
CropWatcher 2.0 Colby Hunt is thinking ahead to equipment purchases and marketing grain.
Fieldwork continues for Hunt with anhydrous ammonia application, spreading fertilizer, spraying fall burn down, hauling seed beans, tiling and mowing.
"It almost feel busier than harvest since we are spread out doing so many different jobs," the McDonough County farmer shared.
Watch: Colby Hunt shows you what fall work is happening on his farm.
CropWatcher 2.0 Bryce Williams is still wrapping up harvest in White County. Looking ahead to next year, he’s making seed, fertilizer, and chemical decisions and purchases now.
In Kankakee County, Greg St. Aubin reported soybean yields “painfully average” due to the dry August. His corn fields experience a lot of stand loss. St. Aubin’s original planted corn, with good stands, had fantastic yields while his replant areas varied
St. Aubin is on the mend after battling COVID-19. He noted there is an increase in cases in Kankakee County