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Nov 2020

Field Notes

NCGA's tenth season of Field Notes is in a new blog format. Check back for quick looks into what real farmers see in terms of crop progress and gain insight into how the crop of 2020 is doing from firsthand sources.

Nov 23, 2020

Illinois Field Notes

Key Issues:Production

“Harvest turned out fairly well this year. Both our corn and soybean yields were above average. We still have 80 acres of beans left standing on reclaimed ground from coal mines. It has been very wet, and they will probably remain standing until next spring. We had a seven-inch rain, waited a few days to try and get back to harvesting. We got stuck with two combines stuck and had to inch out. I don’t trust reclaimed ground to freeze fully enough and to not give way in those conditions. We cut beans out there in the spring before and it didn’t turn out that badly.   “We have hauled all of the corn for our November contracts, and we’ve been working on cleaning our equipment to get it ready for winter. We probably have more corn in storage this year than ever before, and we have contracts for December and January. It will take a while to get the crop hauled and delivered.”   Jim Raben, Illinois farmer

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Nov 16, 2020

Ohio Field Notes

Key Issues:Production

  “We have a rain delay today with half of the corn left to harvest. Soybean harvest is finished here. We finished that before hitting a two-week delay due to wet weather at the end of October. That really put us behind schedule. We aim to be done by Thanksgiving.   “Our yields are good so far. Hopefully, after all the wind last night, the corn is still standing. We are excited and ready to wrap up, but there is quite a bit of corn left to be harvested in our area.”   – Patty Mann, Ohio farmer  

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Nov 2, 2020

Nebraska Field Notes

Key Issues:Production

  “Snow slowed us down a bit this week, but we will be done quickly once we get back in the fields. Corn yields are above average, and the quality is strong. This harvest has been one bright spot in 2020.”   – Andy Jobman, Nebraska farmer  

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