Harvest Trudges On As Yields Roll In

October 30, 2008 07:00 PM
Sara Muri, AgWeb Crops Online Editor

As farmers flip the calendar to November, many are still trying to finish harvest, according to the latest farmers' submissions to AgWeb's Crop Comments. While some farmers have acknowledged a killing frost, others are still racing against the clock to get the grain out of the field before Mother Nature takes her toll.

Farmers Still in the Field
The last few days of October allowed for much fieldwork that had been postponed due to weather. A farmer from Sedgwick County, Kan. said Oct. 30 was the first day in several weeks he was able to get back into the field. This farmer said producers in a large chunk of south central Kansas are still waiting to get their wheat in the ground.

In Iowa, farmers said harvest is slow due to the need to dry corn down before storing. A Western Pottawattamie farmer said they still have 550 acres of high moisture corn to combine.

Further south, peanut harvest is around three weeks late, said a farmer from Terry, County Texas. "Vines have started to deteriorate and won't last long,” the farmer said. "Heavy fog this morning, it looks like a late night of harvesting.”

Disappointing Soybean Yields
With harvest creeping along, many farmers have submitted their yields for the season. Overall, many are dissatisfied with their soybean yields.

A northeast North Dakota farmer said his soybean yields were well below average, around 20 bu./acre.

A similar story was told by a west central Minnesota farmer. "We've been done with beans for four weeks,” the farmer said. "They yielded poorly due to 10.1" rain during the growing season. They yielded 17% less than 2007 and 25% less than 2006.”

One farmer said yields were lower, but better than expected. This farmer, from southwest Wisconsin, said the soybeans were running around 50 bu./acre.

Comparable Corn Yields
While the southwest Wisconsin's farmer's soybean yields were on the low side, he reported his final corn yields are still being determined. "Corn is still in progress, a lot is still too wet,” he said. "But, guys have to go to stay ahead of the snow. Most is averaging about 180 bu./acre, which is about 20 bu./acre off of last year.”

A Clay County, Iowa farmer said corn yields in the area are marking high this year. "Many say that it is the best crop that they have ever harvested, with averages running around 210 bu./acre on the good ground,” the farmer said. "Even the poorer land is yielding 20 bu./acre over what is normally expected.”

How do your yields compare?
Let AgWeb know what's happening in your fields. Be sure to send your comments to cropcomments@agweb.com.

You can e-mail Sara Muri at smuri@farmjournal.com.

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