Northeast Iowa by Nick Benson
We received 1½ inches with the last system, so we’re currently rained out again. We’re about 20% done on soybeans and are just getting started with corn harvest. I’ve seen a lot of mold (Cladosporium and Trichoderma), but most of it is on a surface level and shouldn’t result in any dockage. Some early yield results shw L2440R2’s as the bean to beat and L2085R is still a rock-solid performer. Topping what data we have seen from this scant corn harvest has been LH 5376 VT3 and LH 5494 3000GT. Both of these hybrids have been doing very well and doing it in style with great late-season integrity.
Keep an eye on stalk strength as this weather and timing of harvest is going to create a “perfect storm” for rot. Choose fields to start harvesting with this in mind. Many growers are getting concerned about getting the beans out. With all of the moisture in field, we will have to make sure to drop the corn head and get these beans before the snow does!
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West Central Iowa by Travis Slusher
Much of my area saw 2+ inches of rain on Thursday, bringing the field work to a halt again. There were some beans harvested Tuesday and Wednesday at 14% moisture. Much of the northern part of my area has all but completed soybean harvest with the southern part still having a significant amount of bean harvest yet to do. Most farmers have resorted to harvesting corn at higher moistures than they would like in order to get something accomplished during this difficult stretch of weather.
It looks like we may have 4-5 consecutive days of decent weather, beginning this weekend, which would be very much welcomed.
North Central Iowa by Kevin Meyer
It’s the same old story for North Central Iowa: WET. Monday and Tuesday were the only two days of activity in the area. Very few soybeans were harvested due to high moistures, so the focus moved to corn. Corn harvest has been slowed due to wet field conditions and increased drying time for this crop. Concerns and conversations have focused on some mold and other ear damage. Overall, corn yields remain good with above normal moistures.
Hopefully, this weather pattern will break and we will be able to continue with harvest next week. As producers make seed decisions for next year, make sure not to use this year as the “normal” growing season. When picking products for your operation, consider the right traits, genetics and technology along with disease and yield characteristics to maximize your profit per acre.
South Dakota by Bill Eichacker
We had three days of good harvesting weather before rain set in again. It will be next week before harvest continues. Moisture levels are a problem as these rain patterns continue.
Northern Iowa by Tom Larson
Wet weather continues to slow harvest. I’ve been able to get a few corn plots harvested in between the rain drops. Along with some of the new VT3 and Smart Stack combinations, the Agrisure 3000 GT hybrids are yielding very well. As a reminder, all plots will be posted at our website, www.lathamseeds.com.
Minnesota by Jason Obermeyer
Wet, wetter and wettest! Little to no field work was done this week. Corn test weight is lower than average with cases of mold being found frequently.
Eastern Iowa by Brad Beatty
Rain, rain and more rain. My area is very wet. About 50% of the soybeans have been harvested, and 15% of the corn is done. Soybean moisture is running 15% or more while corn moisture is running 23 to 35%. I get calls every day with customers wanting to know what to do with this high-moisture grain. We can’t afford to wait any longer. Our drying days are gone, and we must get the crop out. We could be looking at snow soon, and the stalk strength is not good enough to support the wet, heavy ear and snow. Combine the driest corn first and the poor stalk quality corn next.
Northwest Iowa by Bruce Anderson
Field work got underway a couple days ago and now it’s all wet again. Farmers did get in a couple afternoons and evenings, which was just enough to finish up the soybeans for some. Beans are still yielding mostly in the mid 50s, with some at 60 and above. Some were combined at 17% moisture and others were down around 14.5 to 15% moisture. Corn continues to be on the wet side to put it mildly. One farmer said his corn was 26% Oct. 13, and two weeks later, it had dropped down to 21%. Looks like next week farmers will have another chance to get out there and get some more acres finished.
Central Iowa by Bob Collins
I guess the big news is rain… again. There are quite a few beans left in the field around here and the corn is running pretty high in moisture. I got my corn plot done on Wednesday: LH 6068 VT3, LH 5896 VT3, and LH 5585 SS took top honors. Look for my plot results on www.lathamseeds.com.
Wisconsin by Steve Bailie
Many growers are still waiting more ideal conditions to harvest beans. The 7-day forecast calls for rain on Thursday and Friday but then dry for 5 or 6 days. Clear weather is needed to wrap up soybean harvest and to give their corn a chance to get below 28% moisture.
Many growers have started to harvest their corn even though moisture is in the mid-20s to mid-30s in some spots. With the rains keeping many producers out of the combines, it’s given them time to go with me into their fields and look at the difference in ear intactness and stalk quality. In many corn fields this week, we have found molds starting to be a problem in the ears. This is not making it easy for producers to sell their corn to any terminals. Test weight has been proven over and over to be low this year; many are coming in at 52- to 54-pound tests.
Keep a close eye on corn put in bins at 25% and above moisture. We’ve had a few growers in the southwestern part of the state put higher moisture corn in the bins, drying it down to adequate moisture. However, growers who do so must pay attention to hot spots and make sure there are no spots in these bins that have started to sprout. It many mean more routine checks in bins this fall.