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LINCOLN, NEB. – As we move into the fall of 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, it is a year we won’t soon forget. Students may or may not be back in the classroom and we all may be either working from home or may be back at the office. But farmers and ranchers are working to move cattle and to start on harvest.

As the uncertainty of 2020 lingers through the year, this is a time when we especially need to slow down and pay more attention on farms, ranches, and on roads and highways.

Here are a few tips to remember as we see, large slow-moving machines on our roads coming in and out of fields across the state.

  1. Farmers: Get plenty of rest and slow down to avoid accidents on the farm. Don’t hurry through equipment repairs, take your time with backing up large pieces of machinery, keep your hands away and don’t wear loose clothing around moving auger parts.

  1. Drivers: Drive without distractions. We hear it all the time: Don’t text or check your smartphone while driving. But distracted driving continues to be a leading cause of vehicular accident and during harvest time it could be especially dangerous as there may be more slow-moving vehicles on our roads and highways.

  1. Farmers: If you’re driving farm equipment on public roads, it’s especially important that you’re clearly marked so motorists can see you in time to slow down — considering you’re probably driving less than 25 MPH. Make sure your lights are working and that all reflecting tape and slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblems are properly placed. Remember to wipe down some of these safety features if your equipment is dusty to ensure they can be seen. Also use flashers on public roads.

  1. Drivers: If you are following behind a slow-moving vehicle, please play it safe and wait to safely pass and remember slow moving vehicles usually go from one field or pasture to another and turning may take extra time, so be patient. Most farmers will do their best to create space so you can pass, but awareness of where you’re driving and patience on everybody’s part is the best way to keep the roads safe during harvest season.

In the fall, harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. Remember, we share our roads and highways and in 2020 if we work together, we can keep everyone safe.

  • Right in the middle of soybean harvest
  • Export information on corn & beans
  • South America…where are they at with their crops
  • Quarterly stocks report…how does that affect the markets & compare to the October WASDE
  • US Weather & harvest



The mid September crop progress report from NASS shows a substantial jump in moisture ratings from last week’s cool rain event. There is also a notable increase in pasture and range conditions due to the moisture. Aside from that the corn and soybean crop remain relatively unchanged and still well ahead of schedule when compared to the 5 year averages in most categories.

Starting at the top of the report which is now corn in the dent stage where 89% of the country has reached. That is 7% ahead of the five year average. Nebraska has reached 94% dent stage, Kansas has reached 91% and Iowa corn has reached 90% dent stage. All of those well ahead of their respective five year averages.

Corn maturity is also well ahead nationwide at 41%. The five year average is 32%. Iowa and Nebraska almost double their corn maturity five year averages at 48% & 49% respectively. Kansas on the other hand actually fell 1 % behind it’s five year average for corn maturity to 49% mature.

With that much of the corn crop already mature harvest is getting underway in several states. As an aggregate the national corn harvest is considered 5% complete. Right on track with the five year average. Texas of course is the furthest along with corn harvest at 67% complete. Nebraska has harvested 4% of the state’s corn crop that is 3% ahead of the five year average. Kansas though is again behind in corn harvesting with only 8% of the crop picked, 3% behind the five year average.

As the case has been for the last several week’s corn condition in the country continues to decline. Nationwide the corn crop is rated 60% good to excellent. Down 1% from last week. Nebraska and Iowa also dropped 1% to 61% and 42% good to excellent. Kansas corn increased 1% to 54% good to excellent. Illinois not to be outdone by Kansas increased 2% in the corn condition to 72% good to excellent.

Now to the soybean crop where 37% of the nations crop has dropped leaves. That is 6% ahead of the five year average. As for Nebraska 61% of the soybean crop has dropped leaves. That is perfectly 20% ahead of Iowa who has dropped leaves on 41% of the soybean crop. Either way both states are double digits ahead of their five year averages. Kansas soybeans dropping leaves is now at 32% complete. That is ahead of the five year average of 19%.

Soybean condition like corn dropped this week across the country to 63% good to excellent. Down 2% from last week. Nebraska and Iowa soybeans though bucked the trend and increased 1% apiece to 64% and 48% good to excellent. Kansas soybeans remained unchanged on the week at 51% good to excellent. Illinois though outdid all these states again with their soybeans improving 3% to 71% good to excellent.

Poor mans corn or one of the hottest commodities currently for China is sorghum. 39% of the US sorghum crop has reached maturity. That is even with the five year average. In Nebraska sorghum maturity is 9% ahead of the five year average at 26%.

Sorghum condition seems to have more elasticity than corn or soybeans. Nationwide the sorghum crop is rated 52% good to excellent, up 3% from last week. Nebraska though saw a 14% increase in it’s sorghum condition rating to 71% good to excellent.

Last week’s rain helped to bring the pasture and range condition back around in Nebraska. Nebraska pasture and range improved from 25% good to excellent to 41% good to excellent this week. Kansas pasture and range remained unchanged week to week at 41% good to excellent.  Looking around the country West Virginia actually did nearly the opposite of Nebraska with their pasture and range condition falling 11% week to week at 67% good to excellent.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture both seem to benefit from last week’s moisture as well. Nebraska topsoil moisture improved 17% to 54% adequate to surplus. Kansas topsoil moisture improved 19% to 63% adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture in Nebraska is now rated 47% adequate to surplus. An increase of 14% from last week. Kansas subsoil moisture improved 8% from last week to 60% adequate to surplus.

You can see the full report from NASS here:


Clay Patton breaks down the full report here:



LINCOLN, Neb. – As the corn growing season winds down, Nebraska farmers are anxious to begin harvest. Every year as autumn begins, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association reminds farmers and rural residents to “take a second for safety,” in order to prevent accidents and ensure a successful harvest. This year, safety precautions are especially important, as the world continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“As someone who contracted COVID-19 earlier this summer, I can adamantly say this is a virus you want to avoid, and it’s definitely not something you want to get during harvest,” said David Bruntz, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board and farmer from Friend. “Oftentimes, as farmers, we think our occupations are prime for social distancing. While that may be true, this virus spreads easily, so we need to take precautions, such as keeping our distance from others, wearing masks in public places and washing our hands and using hand sanitizers often.”

Nebraska Corn recommends farmers develop a farm readiness plan in case of emergency. No one can learn the nuances of a farmer’s operation overnight, but having a plan in place will reduce stress in the event of an accident or illness. Once farmers develop their plans, they should place them somewhere where they can easily be found and additional copies can be given to trusted neighbors or friends.

Farm Readiness Checklist

Protect Yourself

  • Always “take a second for safety.” An extra second could save your life.
  • Wear proper PPE.
  • Drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
  • Make it a point to check in with family and loved ones regularly, especially when fall gets hectic.
  • Take time for yourself, even if it’s just a quick walk around the farm.
  • Monitor yourself for signs of stress. If you notice something odd, say something.
  • Follow all safety guidelines for equipment.

General Farm Information to Include in Plan

  • Hired help contact information and primary job responsibilities
  • Typical machinery dealership and/or repair services used
  • Crop advisor and/or farm manager name and phone number
  • Crop insurance agent name and phone number
  • Ag lender name and phone number
  • Locations of equipment needed for harvest

Field Plans

  • Field names and locations
    • Highlight in a plat book, if possible
    • Note where the field entrance is and what side is best to start working from
    • Location of hybrids that may be sooner to dry down for harvest
    • Do you have tile inlets or irrigation equipment that needs to be moved?
    • Are there any potential hazards for harvest (deep gullies or pivot stops)?
  • What still needs to be done? Do you have pivots that need to be checked?

Stored Crop Plans

  • What is your intended location for storage or delivery for each field’s crop?
  • Are there any bins that need to cleaned out? Where do you deliver to?
  • Are all bins functioning clearly?
    • Which bins may need to be watched more closely than others?
  • Do you have any upcoming delivery contacts? List specific contract information.
  • Does anyone help market your crops? If so, list their contact information.

Livestock Plans

  • Do you still have cows to calve? If so, list calving routine and processing procedures.
  • Which pastures do you typically graze?
  • Describe in detail your grazing rotational plan. Try to update frequently with where your cows are at the current time.
  • Will your stocks be grazed on after harvest? If so, list contact information of grower.
  • Are there water needs? Hay storage? Mineral and protein tubs?
  • Do you have feed brought in? Who is your supplier, are the deliveries automatic?
  • What are your rations?
  • List contact information for your vet.
  • Hog barn routine? Clean out procedures?
  • Are you a contract grower? If so, list their contact information.
  • Where do you get your feed? Is it an automatic delivery?
  • Is there anyone you have come help for things like load out? If so, list their contact information.

“The harvest season is a busy time and there are a lot of moving parts,” said Dan Nerud, president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and farmer from Dorchester. “While farmers are excited to get in the fields and harvest their crops, we need to remember that agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations. By being prepared and taking a few extra seconds for safety, we can ensure a safe and successful harvest.”

In addition to its farm readiness checklist, Nebraska Corn also has a series of harvest safety tips that can be found online at nebraskacorn.gov/news-releases/harvestsafety2020/.


WASDE Report

FSA Acre numbers to be released
A big rally in the beans
Basis questions for beans & corn
Do you haul or store
How much yield was lost in the past three weeks?
NICE rally in the hogs with a limit up day
Cattle bids

  •  How have the markets traded for the week?
  • Are the funds still a factor in the markets?
  • What would you say are the main factors the market is focused on?
  • In the WASDE report next week, what do you think are the most important items the market is looking at?
  • What are the yield expectations for the WASDE report?
  • How do you think the yield estimates from NASS will compare to what Profarmer found?
  • What has the rainfall looked like across the Cornbelt for this summer and august.

  • Full moon
  • Higher grains
  • China in the markets
  • Wheat saw a strong trade
  • Crop progress report
  • Weather concerns for winter wheat & spring wheat
  • Markets-are they waiting for proof on the harvest numbers?
  • Bearish feel to the corn-could that be a boost for cattle?

  • Cooler weather
  • Setting crop insurance on HRW
  • Corn & bean rally
  • Pull back in the markets today-was that surprise?
  • Cattle market thought of an ugly day…but finished higher on the feeder cattle
  • Short term low in place
  • Box beef lower Friday & Monday-seasonally shouldn’t be surprising
  • Demand how much more do we have with the college games etc being taken away