Macon County

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

Harvest just got several days longer with last week’s precipitation. Last Saturday’s 2 inches of rain soaked in fairly fast, but the 1 ½ inches that followed late Tuesday into Wednesday left water standing in the fields. This was followed by 2 inches of snow Thursday, with chilling temps tha…

It was a good weather week with lots of sun and wind, even with some cooler temps. This made for some good bean cutting days. Probably over three-fourths of the bean acreage has been harvested. The wind and sun has not had the drying effect I had hoped for. Corn planted early June is still r…

Finally started harvesting corn Sept. 30. This was the same date we began harvest in 2009 when we ended up finishing Dec. 17. Not a good omen. Most of the corn is running 20 to 25% moisture. Less than 15% has been harvested at this point. Some beans have been cut, but less than 5%. Yields fo…

Only a small amount of corn acres were harvested last week. Many who harvested April-planted corn earlier had to pause for May-planted acres to dry down a little more. Oct. 1 seems to be the go date regardless of moisture for most farmers to start. We are starting to see a lot of yellow leav…