If I had to describe 2017 in one word it would be “variable.” We fought another wet spring that led to a bunch of replant, 90 degree temperatures in June, scattered rainfall, 70 degree temperatures in August and 90 degree temperatures in September. I look for harvest results to be mixed as was the rainfall and temperatures. Farmers that got some crops in early April are reporting higher yields than expected.
A few farmers have started harvesting in Northern Illinois this past week. Some are harvesting soybeans and others corn. Yields so far have been a little bit better than expected. Temperatures over the past few weeks have really helped push our crops toward maturity. I look for a good percentage of farmers in Northern Illinois to start harvest this week.
From yield reports early on I feel the mild 70 degree temperatures in August during grain fill really saved us a lot of bushels. If we would have had average to above temperatures in August combined with the lack of rainfall tip back in corn would have been greater and led to fewer bushels. Got a handful of plots in and glad to see our new products like LG5643STXRIB and LG5650STXRIB doing well.
Stay safe out there and be aware of your surroundings.