•9/4 - Western Crawford County, Ill.: Started corn harvest on Aug. 30. Best field so far averaged 51.8 bpa @ 21%. Total acreage is 375, but I have only actually harvested 275 acres, as I will disk down the areas where there is no corn. Average on 275 acres is 36.8 bpa @ 20.75%, but for all 375 acres average is only 27 bpa. (All yields converted to dry bushels.) I don't think I have been in my worst fields yet. There has been a lot of corn disked down already on this side of the county, having been zeroed out by crop insurance adjusters.
•9/4 - Shelby County, Ill.: I finished corn harvest of 266 acres with a 52 bu./acre average. Old-timers say it’s worse than 1954 drought.
•9/4 - Platte County, Neb.: Dryland corn beginning to be taken out with a lot chopped for silage. Yields from 0 to 65 bpa. Irrigated should be over 200 where pivots hit. Quick comment on mandates, if no one has the exclusive RIGHT to any corn, it seems like an ethanol industry, built on blenders credits and mandates, has more of a right to the corn than livestock producers. I'm not saying I dislike the ethanol industry, just don't mandate production. If we're going to do that, let's mandate how much beef, pork and poultry we should all consume. Or should we just let free market capitalism do its job throughout the entire ag sector?
Still articles persist that the corn price has topped out and farmers better sell now. Those articles are requested by the ones who want you to sell early.
I forgot to credit the source.
But I do agree with comment on markets. Many farmers asked the livestock feeders if they stepped up with higher prices for grain when there was a glut and farmers saw little profit.