The homestretch of 2019 is here. Well, not exactly. Still a lot of harvest to go. We got started with harvest this week. We started shelling corn and were able to get nice start, then switched gears and got everyone switched over to beans and now are running hard on beans. Unfortunately, they’re very dry, averaging mostly under 12%, more towards the 10% moisture range — not our ideal harvest moisture for seed beans, but the high heat really changed them fast.

The corn was surprisingly drier than we expected. Hoping we can utilize the heat and get several acres dried down naturally this coming week. Yields are all over the place, beans and corn alike. Unfortunately, we have wet farms still that need tile, and they are really showing it. We are seeing tile advantage of yield increases in the neighborhood of 50-plus bushels in corn for I don’t know how many years running now. We are a long ways from having 2019 behind us, but the start of harvest is the signal of the end of a year of nothing but constant struggle.

As we get beans and corn harvested and start preparing for 2020 with fertilizer application, cover crops and wheat, all we can do is plan to knock it out of the park next year. Farmers are said to be the eternal optimist. I don’t know how you couldn’t be. With all the opportunities that do lie ahead of us, how can you not want to try again? I mean this seriously. There are struggles at every turn. But also in times like this, there are opportunities that come along. Be aware, and be on the look out.

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