Farmers have their eye on hurricanes as harvest begins

Our team in the South is watching Hurricanes Marco and Laura closely. Both are forecast to make landfall this week. Hurricane Marco is expected to make landfall first with Hurricane Laura coming midweek.

This week, XtremeAg farmers Matt Miles, Kevin Matthews, and Kelly Garrett share their crops’ progress in Arkansas, North Carolina, and Iowa. XtremeAg’s goal is to share our accumulated knowledge and experience with an online community of growers working together to be a part of a diverse, cutting-edge, unbiased knowledge pool.

A week ago, USDA’s Crop Progress Report indicated 69% of U.S. corn was in good to excellent condition. Soybeans were 72% good to excellent last Monday.

Kelly Garrett – Arion, Iowa

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A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa.

Almost every acre we farm was touched by wind or hail from the derecho storm on August 10. There was 80 mph wind, and even stronger winds hit the eastern part of the state. Damage that I saw while traveling to Pontiac, Illinois, was like nothing I’ve seen before.

We are a bit to moderately dry depending on where you are. The subsurface drip irrigation system from Nutradrip is paying big dividends this year.

I attended the Precision Planting and Nachurs field day at the PTI farm in Pontiac, Illinois. The research they have going on was very eye-opening and informative.

XtremeAg has allowed Garrett Land and Cattle to connect with Locus Ag Solutions to be among the first in the nation to be able to market our carbon credits through the Nori system. It has been a tremendous experience to go through. Locus is the account manager that lines you up with the Nori system. It will provide an unforeseen financial gain to our farm, and I would recommend that every farmer look into the value of carbon credits on their farm.

Matt Miles – McGehee, Arkansas

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Matt is a fourth-generation farmer in southeast Arkansas who grows corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton.

We began corn harvest last week on some ultra-early corn. It was around our average yield; it went through some pretty nasty weather this spring. We have started back and yields have picked up considerably on the corn that had a more normal spring. Moisture levels are running in the low 20s.

We are on the last irrigation event for the season on a large amount of our soybean acres as well as the cotton. Both of those crops look really good.

We drained rice last week, so we’ll start harvest on it in a couple weeks. It’s a week late but looks like a good crop.

Peanuts are looking good; they’re about 30 days out from harvest.

Due to the late spring, I’m afraid we’ll be harvesting multiple crops at the same time.

We currently have two storms in the Atlantic that look like they have a possibility of coming into the Gulf pretty close together. We are praying they dissipate and harm no one.

Pray for a great harvest!

Kevin Matthews – East Bend, North Carolina

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Kevin and his wife, Cindy, own and operate Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc. in East Bend and Yadkinville.

Working to finish our fungicide application on corn and soybeans between rains. Grey leaf spot is very problematic in our bottomland corn. It is apparent which fields were sprayed on time.

Rainfall is over 12 inches in the past three weeks, and there are hurricanes in the forecast. It does not look like there’s an end in sight to the rain. Overall, the crop looks great. Corn harvest will start this week in North Carolina, but we are about one week out on our farm. Areas that typically do not yield from dry conditions have had the rainfall needed to help bring the overall field average up in our area. Anything can happen and change the outcome. We won’t count it as a great crop till it’s in the bin.

This week will be busy as we finalize grain facilities and inspect corn headers for harvest.

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