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Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Went to Dekalb for the weekend. Corn in Northern Illinois is uneven as it is everywhere. We went up through Bloomington and came back along the Illinois River through Peoria. A lot of corn to the north is still grass green and subject to an early frost. Went south today. Harvest is underway in the bottoms south of St. Louis. yields are good but low areas are not.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Farm Progress show.

I should have posted earlier in the week. The Farm Progress show as always was a showcase for BIG equipment. One thing I noticed was that Guidance systems are here to stay. Lots of vendors and they have lots of good reasons to buy their products. We used to hear about fatigue. Now we are hearing about savings because of no overlap and shut offs. These savings are real and tangible. I am not sure how big you need to be to justify them, but I think the average farmer could easily pay for a guidance system.

I another news, Travelled to Springfield yesterday. Early soybeans are barely starting to turn yellow. Lots of corn is mature. I don't think I saw a field that did not show Nitrogen loss.