Boone County

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Marshall farms with his wife and daughter’s family. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and raise pastured turkeys for the Thanksgiving market. They have just started organic production o…

If everything holds together, we could be done by Tuesday (Nov. 10).  I can count on one hand the number of harvests in my 41 years that have run along this quick. The last 200 acres of corn are being chased off the farm with a VT tool and a ripper close behind. It’s hard to overestimate the…

At the halfway mark in October, the bean head is tucked in the back of the shed and corn is flying out of the fields. The ground is firm, moisture is in the 17% to 19% range and yields are mostly on the pleasant side of really nice. I hit my steepest sloped hills. The co-op is following up w…

Lask week was the week we were hoping for. The ground was firm, the stems were dry and beans were moving rather quickly from open fields into storage or the elevator. After the showers from last week some began inching into the fields late Sunday afternoon and by Monday everyone was in high …

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We had a good day of beans on Sept. 25. I don’t usually expect eight hours of uninterrupted work on day one. There’s usually wrenches, trips to the implement dealership and few productive hours to show for it. It’s been a week since then and either fog, rain or drizzle have dominated the int…

I saw soybean dust coming from multiple combines Thursday. Some machines were running through stems with a few leaves hanging on, while others were pulling in perfectly dry plants. It’s a typical early season situation jumping from field to field, hoping to carve out enough to get a good ide…

Multiple rain events during the past five days have yielded about 3.5 inches in the gauge. Reports southwest of us have totals doubling that. Very few are talking about standing water while most all the cracks in the fields have closed. The surprising thing is my “mostly" green beans have no…

 Choppers have been working through the silage corn for the last few days.  Not surprisingly we are about two weeks ahead of last year’s timing and about a week ahead of normal. It’s always worth hearing how the loads are coming out of the fields. I haven’t heard too many complaints. We were…

With the heat turned up into the mid-90s, we have effectively put this crop’s rush to maturity into overdrive. Simultaneously, with the lack of precipitation during the last couple weeks, soil moisture reserves are playing a key role in trying to keep the crop alive long enough to reach phys…

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It’s been seasonably warm with the crop in the final stages. We can’t quite see the finish line yet, but my 2.1 maturity beans should be ready by the last few days of September. Husks are just beginning to open up in a couple of cornfields. It seems a little early for that, but this year has…

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By Monday evening (Aug. 10), we had 3 to 5 inches spread around different farms with little to no wind damage. The moisture is a blessing that I am so thankful for, but I also know how this storm hit other areas. Although we were in the sweet spot for precipitation, we were in-between a coup…

Like a majority of our growing season, we received a just-in-time rain last week. Nine-tenths landed in the gauge and pretty well assured pollination would be completed without the stress of a hot, dry stretch on the crop. We are at brown silk on our April 28-29 and May 8-11 plantings. There…

Two rain events for the week netted between 3 to 6 inches on my farms. I was grateful for the first 3, but I would have liked to have bottled up the second 3 inches for the next dry stretch. Needless to say, crops are responding in a very positive way. The deep green color and height of the …

The second herbicide treatment went on the beans. I hope the Xtend program with a residual does the trick. As I walked the beans, the waterhemp I had was all smaller than 4 inches. Most of the corn, on the other hand, is stretching out with ample heat and just enough water.  We’ve managed to…

 Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening saw 1.7 inches of rain drop on the farm. We had finished about half of the sidedressing and urea spreading and the timing for a shower could not have been better. For the majority of our county, that rain event was very appreciated. That was not the…

Last week saw .15 of an inch drizzle and a couple days flirting with 90 degrees. Corn on my last-planted field is spiking through while I’m calling the co-op to line up a tool bar for sidedressing on my earliest planted corn. The dark color and fast growth are both telling me the plants are …

It is getting closer to summertime temperatures, so the look around the county shows corn spiking through fields. Some of the mid-April planted fields are looking substantially better, while some fields are going to need spots replanted after some good-sized water holes dry out. West of me, …

We took the day off Sunday for Mother’s Day. We had corn in the ground, a fire in the stove and rain/snow slop in the air. It was a drying day Monday and a strip building day Tuesday for beans to get planted. I keep wanting to get excited about finishing up planting, but most of the corn is …

Four days ago, we dropped the anhydrous bar off the tractor and entered a field that was in perfect condition to plant. We got about an hour into it when sprinkles started hitting the windshield. When it ended, there was about 2.75 inches on the ground. The county range was roughly 2 to 3.5 …

My guess is we are getting close to 20% planted in corn and maybe 5% in beans as a county. Most all of that seed is sitting in perfect soil conditions, and I do mean sitting. It continues to be cool up here, but our nights are staying away from the 20s and now only dropping to the low 40s. F…

Unseasonably cool with snow encapsulates last week at the northern end of the state. The last three nights in a row have had temps in the low 20s, which has allowed us to get the dry fertilizer spread with ease. Looking at next week’s forecast, there seems to be a good chance at putting corn…

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We are combining 20% moisture corn in 5 inches of snow and hauling it out on icy lanes, but I’m so thankful the crop is standing like arrows and we’re over halfway done. We’ve harvested all the land next to the roads and now all that’s left are the fields a half mile off the road. We’re back…

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Since last week, I’ve had a half-day in the field. Forty acres of beans remain with 5 inches of snow on them. The wind was ripping through the corn, and I’m sure stalk quality was tested. I’m pretty sure most farmers are realizing combining corn will be continuing well into December. I’m sti…

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Ninety percent of the beans are out of the field. Last week, I harvested higher, rolling ground and yields bumped up compared to my heavy, flat ground. My field edge analysis is, the water had a chance to get away and the crop responded favorably. My 2020 goal will be not to plant beans on J…

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In early October 1986, we had water everywhere for nearly a month. Our corn had 3-inch sprouts coming out the end of the ears while our beans were colored bright yellow to brilliant purple. The mold was a disaster that year. Today, we're getting close to that point. The only good thing is th…

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If you take a drive around the northern tier of counties, you'll occasionally see bean dust coming from combines in the late-April and early May planted beans. Mid-60s seems to be catching a majority of the yields. Maybe there are one or two fields per township being harvested, with a vast m…