With no rain in sight, harvest is moving right along. Thirty-five percent of the corn and 50% of soybeans has been harvested. There won’t be any record-breaking yields to report this year, but many farmers are surprised at how well some varieties are doing. I’ve seen some soybeans yielding more than corn in some areas.
Dry, windy harvest conditions also means there is a greater risk of
fire. Prevention is key to avoiding a fire. Carry a fire extinguisher on all of your farm equipment. At the end of the day, clean off debris with high pressure air or water. Then place your equipment in a clean, open area just in case a fire would occur.
Dry conditions helped progress corn harvested to 20% statewide. This is well ahead of the 5-year average of only 1%. Most silage has been cut. Corn yields are coming in better than expected. I talked with one area farmer who was averaging 125 bushels per acre. Soybean harvest is only at 15%. The soybean moisture is at 8% and the seed size is reported as very small due to dry growing conditions. I’m hearing soybean yields about 30 bu/A.
Dry weather again this week forced row crops to rapidly advance to maturity. Harvest is well under way: 90% of the silage is cut and the corn harvest for grain is at 10%. Soybeans harvest is just getting started as the maturity of the corn is far ahead of normal. Ear retention may be a problem if high winds occur, so be sure to prioritize fields for harvest.