The snow is falling outside. Yes, it’s October and the snow is falling in Northern Illinois. Unfortunately, like last year, we are far from finished with harvest when the first snow falls for the 2019-2020 winter. We did get one field of soybeans off before the rains came late last week. We had close to an inch of rain total from Thursday through Sunday. Rain totals varied across the region. Some combines were rolling in corn on Sunday and Monday, and they didn’t seem to be carrying too much mud on their tires when they left the field with loads to dump. But other places have water sitting in fields and the combines are idle.
A number of people still have beans to go, but switched to corn to keep going on harvest when the rains came. We will most likely switch over to corn while the beans dry back out again. We test fired the dryer and it is ready to go when we are able to run again. I’m anxious to get into the fields. The combine is one of my favorite places to be.
There may be less acres of wheat, rye and cover crops in the area this year. The fall weather has not been friendly to getting crops out of the fields so that they can be seeded down. This snow may be the final straw for some that were contemplating getting some wheat in yet. By the time it dries out enough to seed, it will be a gamble if the wheat would get germinated before winter to make it and come back next spring with a good stand. There area a few more that may be willing to gamble with rye cover crops since those tend to be hardier that wheat. Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate this week, but the forecast isn’t too promising with accumulations of 3 to 4 inches between now and Friday on the maps. Here’s hoping the meteorologists are wrong this week.