Since my last update, the weather theme from our area has
been cooler temperatures and rainfall. The 2 inches received over the past week
arrived through multiple light showers, none producing more than three-quarters
of an inch. The timeliness was terrific for the soybeans, and the “buzz” around
bean yields is definitely getting louder. Should a large corn and soybean crop
materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest
logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop
will keep you up at night.
Another logistical challenge will be the movement of grain
during harvest. Timely movement of grain through outbound rail and truck
transportation could also create a logjam at local and terminal facilities. In
our area, commercial and producer grain storage has been increased significantly
over the past five years. Even with these upright additions, I anticipate that
we’ll see the use of ground piles again.
The cooler weather is definitely uncharacteristic for this
time of year, but that seems to have been a constant this growing season. Has
this pushed harvest back one, two or three weeks?
On our farm, we are hauling lime and preparing harvest
equipment and grain bins. Midweek, a group of 40 Brazilian producers will be
swinging through on their way to the University of Illinois in Champaign. We’ve
pulled back out our planting equipment, so I’m sure motorists passing by think
we’re a little confused about the season. Always fun to learn from fellow