It was a busy week in the fields. Harvesting of corn and soybeans, spreading of fertilizer and lime, and tillage and strip tillage were joined by the activity of fighting field fires. Two fires started near me Wednesday. One spread rapidly and burned acres in six sections as the wind gusts made it difficult to contain, especially instanding cornfields. All homes in the line of the fire were kept safe with the efforts of many local fire departments and farmers with tillage equipment. Some fields had crops while others were already harvested but the crop stubble remained. The other fire burned crops in the field where it started but was put out before spreading further. The local landscape is changing quickly as crops are being removed from the fieldsat a rapid pace during this dry period. Local closing prices for Oct. 15 were $3.74, nearby corn; $10.33, nearby soybeans.