As a whole, corn yields in in North Central Iowa and South Central Minnesota were very good considering the growing conditions we were faced with this year. Although the yield variations were very dramatic, averages were above most people’s expectations. Corn harvest is 98% complete with tillage close to being done. Yields in the area seemed to show better in general with longer season maturities.
Dry harvest moisture was a very common theme this year. The entire harvest was like nothing most farmers have ever seen, but with that being said, soybean yields offered many pleasant surprises. Yields showed up very well in this area. For many areas, it was an “opposite year” as areas in a field that typically drowned out raised the averages this year and the higher areas of the farms didn’t yield quite as high. It will be interesting to see the acreage mix for next year with soybeans holding their own under very tough growing conditions. Soybean harvest is complete and tillage of the bean stuble is varied this year with dryness causing a concern for the future.