Trent Brandenburg is very happy to look back on a crop year that was much better than expected. A long stretch of wet weather during planting time made Trent plant his soybeans before his corn because some cornfields were too wet to work. As the season progressed, a remarkable series of almost perfectly-spaced rains caused corn ear-fill and soybean pod-fill to exceed early-season predictions. Trent’s yields were very good, but not quite record-level.
Trent is now done with his harvest and fall tillage. “I’m just cleaning up equipment,” he reported. His problems are the weather and the low market prices. “Can’t do much about either one,” he said. “We’re just passengers along for the ride.”