Harvest Report: Average Yields, Wet Weather in North Dakota

October 18, 2013 10:40 AM
 
Farm Journal Radio

In North Dakota, farmers are reliving the planting season this fall as harvest continues amid substantial precipitation.

"It started raining here a couple of weeks ago, and now we’re right into the mud situation again," farmer Jay Myers of Colfax, N.D., tells Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. Myers grows 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans about half an hour south of Fargo. The soybeans are used for seed production.
Two weekends ago, Myers saw 1 ½" or rain. The following weekend, he received 2 ½" of rain. He’s finished harvesting soybeans and is in the process of bringing in corn.

"Some of the later bigger-day maturity corn is still in that 25% to 30% moisture" range, Myers says. "Some of the earlier varieties we’re seeing around 20% to 22% moisture."

He expects average corn yields this year, ranging from 160 bushels per acre to 170 bushels per acre.
The crops are stored in bins that have been added to the operation over the past few years, Myers says. He uses a continuous-flow dryer with a capacity of 1,500 bushels per hour.

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