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Marshall County, Kansas
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Photo by Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
However, September has put many Missouri farmers back in the field combining corn.
The once frustrated farmer has been able to climb up in the combine and is at a good pace to get harvest done within a reasonable time frame. And this past weekend I heard from a farmer near Sweet Springs, Mo., who had started harvest on Tuesday. He and his son are optimistic despite the variability in their corn crop. Yields wavered from as low as 120 bu. to 250 bu. per acre. He reports that the good areas are good, but those areas that were wet early in the season are showing up on the yield monitor.
P.S. Kemper Heads do not work for downed corn!!!
Percy Hoekema, Everson WA
Photo by Will McCarty/MSU Extension Service
New drainage dug since Sunday – north side
Spot where water is flowing from the field at the top of the photo didn’t exist before Sunday; opposite side (south) of ditch from above photo.
Source of water for top photo.
“White Water Rapids” flowing OUT of our corn field – this used to be a ditch bank that you drove across, only the ditch on the left was there before Sunday, and the water is typically 12 feet below the bridge in the background.
This flows into the photo above… Handle bar from the 4-wheeler Dwight & I were on—he pulled a bit too close to the edge for me! The dirt used to be part of the ditch bank you would drive on to get to the road on the west side of the field—now there’s just an outlet to the Reeves Ditch, flowing into the photo directly above.
There are others far worse off than we are; the Kankakee River is about 4 miles south of us, and has only gone done an inch or two, as the water keeps coming from the north and east. Ditch banks blown out all over the place. Worrying about the beans more than the corn right now.
Porter County, Indiana
Illinois, just east of Burlington, Iowa
Photos by Alvin Berning, Wapakoneta, Ohio
Now we are still going to have crops to harvest. The corn will still be OK but it will be a very slow tedious process (get your reels if you don’t have one). I do think given how wide an area this hit I think this may cost the county yield as much as 10 bushel or more. Some don’t look just too bad while others are completely flat. Beans aren’t hurt to the extent corn is, but I do think the severe lodging will impact yields a bit and again may slow harvest. As far as maturity goes, the May corn that was kept (not much) is still in the mid 30’s. The June corn is dented but the milk line isn’t half way on most of it. I’ve seen one field of beans that has some yellowing, the rest are grass green.
Farmer Jeffrey Sylvester looks over flooded rice fields in Avoyelles Parish.
Mature rice in the water at the Sylvester farm in Avoyelles Parish.
Bernard Laviolette Jr. of Coteau Holmes shows damage to his cane crop.
Photos by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter
More barren stocks than normal— no matter where you go in the above area (worse in south central Iowa and NE Missouri). Some evidence of pollination problems (aborted kernels on ear tips) which surprised me. Some fields that look really good from the road—16 around and 27 long is a very common number--- that takes a tremendous number of ears per acre to get decent yields—not excellent yields.
I hire a crop scout that has confirmed my suspicions as well--- he reminded me that “what I was doing was not taking the drowned out spots in the fields into consideration.”
Beans look good. Dryland pivot corners look as good as the irrigated portion of the field. They are a little short in height and a week behind.
I think yields will be decent given how and when we planted this crop. About 20% of the corn crop went in the ground in May. It is mostly 2-3 weeks from harvest. Most of it endured heavy rains after planting but has not really ever been short of moisture. Low areas will have thinned or poorly developed stands and in general has probably suffered from Nitrogen loss. Kernel size looks to be pretty good. Most of the seed guys are doing their checks and finding samples ranging from 100 to 200 with a lot of 150-180. With the non-uniformity in these fields estimating how big those low areas is a difficult job. The June corn actually has higher kernel counts but I think will have smaller seed size and lighter test weight. I think most of the later corn will be in the 140-170 range. Again I think this corn is very difficult to project as kernel counts are very good and if you can use a 90,000 kernel bushel instead of 100,000 it makes a huge difference. In the end our corn crop should be in the neighborhood of our 5 year average, but much better than what we expected with such a late planting date. I recall numerous folks saying the second week of June if they could just get the crop in and get 120 bushels per acre they would be content.
Beans seem to have good potential, though the heavy rains caused some pretty severe lodging in some fields. I am not a good estimator of bean yields but I will be disappointed if our beans aren't 50 plus. With beans and corn we will be very susceptible to an early frost. No bean fields are showing signs of turning and we will need that first frost to hold off until at least the middle of October. Anything in September would be disastrous, especially for the beans.
Waupaca County, Wisconsin
Wilted beans in Wells County Indiana
Photo by Brain Caldbeck, Owensboro, Kentucky
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