Macon County

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Tom Ritter is a long-time Cropwatcher and farms near Blue Mound in Macon County.

It was a great week for harvesting soybeans with early starts and able to run late. Downside was we are giving away 2 to 3 bushels of dry matter with soybean moisture running 10% or less. Probably 80% of the farmers were concentrating on beans and taking advantage of the free natural drying …

Great working weather and drying weather, especially natural corn drying in the field with the wind. Corn and soybean harvest is approaching 40%. For the most part, farmers are satisfied and also surprised with yields considering the season. Mid- to late-August rains would have helped soybea…

With the dry, consistent weather, harvest has moved right along. Both corn and soybeans are approaching 20% completed. Moisture in corn continues to drop about a point of moisture a day with many fields dropping under 20%. Corn yields for the most part have met early expectations with a lot …

Finally caught some rain. A small area received up to 2 inches, but some fields got a couple of tenths or less. Was probably too late for most of the corn and soybeans but did settle the dust for a day or two. Corn is starting to look dry, but moisture is still running high. A few have start…