Harvest is moving along very well for our area farmers. Last week, we had three beautiful, sunny days for soybean harvest and a couple of good days for corn harvest. I would estimate that local farmers are 75 percent to 80 percent done with both corn and soybean harvests. This week doesn’t look as promising weatherwise for the combines to roll, but there should be two to three good weather days as harvest nears completion. We received about half an inch of rain over the weekend, and that was good as we were getting quite dry for late October, but that rainfall won’t affect harvest conditions.
Our timber harvest is complete, the logs have been marketed and the logging roads have been graded with water bars installed and now seeded with winter wheat to help control erosion, especially this first winter. I will apply for cost-share monies with the U.S. Department of Agriculture towards timber stand improvement, a practice that will help the woodlands move forward from harvest and ensure future productivity.
The cattle herd looks good and have fleshed out some after weaning while grazing on good fall pasture. They know that the soybeans will be harvested soon and they will be grazing more good pasture afterwards as I have seen them eyeing the gates to the soybean fields the last few times I have been down to check the herd.
Our leaf color was at peak, but the windstorm on Sunday night removed many of the leaves, so the fall color show won’t be as spectacular this week. That is our second windstorm in as many weeks. Hope that doesn’t become a pattern.