A 40-acre field of Latham® brand corn went a over 200 bushel per/acre this past week in Humboldt County. In Sac County, a 120-acre field of Latham corn went 135 bushel per/acre.
Farmers with grain monitors are telling me that yields throughout the field are variable. Their monitor will read 70 bushels per/acre. Then as they move further into the field, it reads 170 bu/A.
Make sure to adjust your combines for drought conditions. Every field may be different, so adjust accordingly.
While farmers typically start combining corn around 18% to 19% moisture, this year harvest is starting
at 21% to 23% moisture. Farmers are taking corn out early to preserve as much yield as possible. Drought conditions prompted stalk cannibalization, as well as weakened stalks from wind and insect damage, as well as disease. In most cases, we have corn standing well. I’m hearing reports that some elevators are only charging half price for drying. That’s all the more reason to get out there early!