The crops continue to change colors as they mature naturally or as diseases causing issues. Scouting in local fields has included looking for bean leaf beetles and pod feeding in soybeans and tar spot and other diseases in corn fields. We did receive rain on Sept. 7. Our farms had a range of 0.5 up to 1 inch of rain. Most local soybean fields are in the R6 or full seed growth stage. Some soybean fields are at R7 or the beginning maturity stage. Most corn fields are at the R5 or dent stage. Some fields have reached R6 or physiological maturity with foliar diseases speeding up senescence of the plant. Our corn is in R5 with the milk line 50% to 60% of the way down the kernel. Aerial applications of cover crop seedings and also insecticide treatments of bean leaf beetles in soybeans have continued this week. The local closing prices for Sept. 9 were $4.99 for nearby corn, $4.82 for new-crop corn, $12.48 for nearby soybeans, and $12.41 for new-crop soybeans.