Yield report from northeast Illinois early Saturday morning:
"Morning Roger, we had a 70 mile run straight south for parts yesterday. I would say by Sunday the bean crop will be all wrapped up for the most part; we should finish tomorrow. At the end of August would of swore we had a bumper crop of beans; weather was perfect all year, but talking with several guys seems upper 50 to low 60 covers it, just a touch above average, hopefully with the heat the next several days this corn crop will dry down, lots of mid 20 on the moisture, gonna get costly on drying, thanks."
The U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division has been deployed to Europe for the first time in almost 80 years amid soaring tension between Russia and the American-led NATO military alliance. The "Screaming Eagles" commanders say they are always "ready to fight tonight," and, while they're there to defend NATO territory, if the fighting escalates or there's any attack on NATO, they're fully prepared to cross the border into Ukraine.
About 4,700 Airborne Rangers are in Romania, training 1 to 4 miles from the Ukrainian border about 110 miles from the major grain port of Odessa.
Ukraine accused Russia of deliberately delaying the passage of ships carrying grain exports under a U.N. brokered-deal, and said 150 vessels were waiting to be loaded.