Farmers were making great progress with harvest. More than half the soybean fields disappeared prior to the predicted rains. Headlights on combines could be seen late into the night as farmers tried get as much done before the wet weather moved in. As predicted, the rain started late afternoon Oct. 18, which brought all harvesting efforts to a halt. A steady overnight rain left more than 3 inches of rain in some places. Subsequent light showers for the next two days kept conditions wet. We were able to harvest some corn when the sun shined. However, ground conditions are now muddy. Young pumpkin pickers were busy searching through a pumpkin patch that I pass frequently. It’s good to see young families taking time to visit a farmstead. The families may learn a few things about the farm and food while searching for the “Great Pumpkin.” Local grain bids are corn, $4.14; soybeans, $10.72; wheat, $5.91. Have a safe week and a fun Halloween.