This year has been an outlier year. Farmers will not have bumper crops to brag about. But farmers aren't unfamiliar with difficult years; people take the good years with the bad.
Corn was still pollinating in August, which is something normally seen in July. The bottom leaves on the corn were beginning to turn yellow in the first week of September.
Those who plan to chop corn silage should switch the chopper head to row-crop. Corn yields look incredibly variable in each field. Some cobs are large and robust; others will never ripen. Overall cobs look smaller than past years.
Fourth-crop hay was harvested; hay was mostly chopped. There was some rain but aside from the rain a smaller field was baled. This time of the year it's more difficult to dry hay enough for baling. Raking windrows reveals other noticeable details.
Fall colors are approaching, birds are fatter and robins have left. The air is noticeably colder.
On another note some farmers are hypersensitive about crop disease. Disease is of little concern; no applications are applied. As long as soils are balanced, there's less mono-cropping and there's increased diversity with a healthy foundation of microbial life, crops will have a much-greater probability of yielding well along with having a stronger defense system against disease.
Soybeans have full-seeded pods with three seeds in each on the top-four nodes. The plant is standing waist-tall. In other fields soybeans are just taller than knee-height. It looks like soybean growth is good with excellent pod retention. Per stem the average count was 21 to 25 pods. Some soybean fields are turning yellow where others still look green.