We started shelling corn September 15, which is typical. But it was slow, wet corn. We had some mud last week too, which always brings a new set of logistical nightmares for harvesting. Nice, deep mud. But it's firming back up this week. We're about two-thirds done on corn, and just started cutting beans yesterday, so we're about 7-8% done on that.
A lot of people here didn't start early because the corn was wet, but we kept a handle on it. We didn't get a lot done every day, but we kept making progress ‘til it was time to cut beans.
It's too early to tell on the beans how they're going to turn out, but they're going to be good, no doubt — it’s just how good is yet to be seen. And the corn is the best corn crop we've ever raised.
I think for the most part everybody's going to have a good crop, but those of us that did the extra work and spent a little extra money on fertilizer and fungicide, we're going to be the cream of the crop, I think.
We’ve been doing a little analysis of the stuff we do have harvested — seeing what kind of returns we’re looking at and seeing what worked and what didn't work. It appears that the twin-row corn proportionally out-did the 30-inch row corn on our fields, and it initially appears the fungicide was a big payer this year. These are our initial results, on corn anyway. We harvested a little bit of our strip till corn (which was new for us this year), and it looks like it really performed well, considering we only put on two-thirds the rate of fertilizer on the strip-till part, versus full-rate broadcast. It still produced stellar, stellar yields.
Getting Ahead of the Curve
To hopefully avoid the late-October and November logistical nightmare of elevators being full, we’ve moved all the corn that we don't think we can store on the farm to town. We're hoping that we can cut our beans, get back on corn, and that we don't have to worry about going back to the elevator. Hopefully, we can store the rest of what we've got at home and avoid the nightmare.
I'd like to be done with harvest by November 15, but I don't see that happening. I've got a bad feeling we're going to be eating turkey dinner out in the cornfields. But we’re moving along, and honestly it's kind of fun harvesting the biggest crop you've ever had.