As U.S. farmers wrap up their 2012 harvest seasons, several are reporting outstanding soybean returns via the AgWeb Crop Comments page. Meanwhile, corn yields are mixed as a result of this summer’s drought.
"85 acres soybeans left to go," says a farmer in Rapides Parish, La. "Yields on soybeans have been excellent – 50 to 58 bu. per acre. Best soybean crop in 27 years of farming. Corn is averaging 175 bu. per acre on 410 acres. Not best corn crop, but a top five."
A Shelby County, Ill., farmer also expresses optimism: "Soybeans are above what I thought we would get. On good dark soil 58 bu. per acre, light soil is 44 bu. per acre."
Meanwhile in Benton County, Minn., a farmer wrapped up the corn harvest and repots positive findings elsewhere, too.
"Beans were respectable at about 38 bu. per acre on 180 acres," the farmer says.
The same was true in Manitowoc County, Wis. "After a dry start, we had good rains in July and had our best average bean yields ever on our farm (57 bu. per acre on 700 acres)."
That didn’t happen everywhere. In Henry County, Mo., one farmer reported less substantial yields.
"Our beans that were planted April 28 averaged 10 bu. per acre," the farmer says. "I guess the government only looks at all the good yields no wonder the hardest part of farming is marketing."
In some parts of the country, October rain put a damper on harvest progress.
"It is slow harvesting corn, nothing but rain for the last few weeks," says one farmer in Oneida, N.Y. "First couple of fields are at 21% and averaged 175 bu. No soybeans have been combined in this area, simply too much rain."
Elsewhere, drier conditions allowed for greater progress.
"Finished with 2012 harvest today!" says a farmer in Buffalo County, Neb. "First year that I can remember that we never had at least 1 rain delay. Where I live we have received just a bit over 8" of rain so far this year…normal is around 22". Despite that, our irrigated crops were extremely good, way better than we expected. Dryland yields were lousy, as we expected."