Not much new to blog about. The temperatures and humidity have moderated, but still no rain. At this point, the corn is as they say "what it is." The beans may have a little more time to wait for a rain, but the recent heat and lack of moisture is taking it's tole. Rumours of a few farmers in Illinois starting harvest have made the rounds, but we still think we will begin our harvest around August 13th. It will be interesting to see how harvest goes as we have corn that is already black layered (~32% moisture remaining in the kernels) and we have corn that the milk line is only half way down all in the same row. This makes setting combines and drying corn in the bins or in a dryer even more of a challenge.
We continue to work on harvest equipment and on fall fertilizer plans as well as 2013 cropping plans. Part of the the process that allows us to keep things moving is stock-piling lime during the summer so that when the fields have been harvested, the trucks can immediately begin spreading lime which allows the tillage equipment to begin soon thereafter.
We are cheering for our Olympic athletics during their games in London!