Corn harvest has begun, and as expected, yields are all over the board. Test weights are running from 42 to 52 pounds per bushel. Yields are ranging from 0 to 150 bushels per acre (bu/A) in the same field. Mother Nature is trying her hardest to put these plants on the ground with 10-15% of the corn acres flattened in western Iowa. Moisture on flattened corn is running in the high teens, with standing corn running the mid-20s. The will be several producers out west here who will be done with corn harvest before their soybeans are ready to run.
Last Thursday I had the opportunity to walk a field with a Latham® grower near Red Oak, Iowa. We were both impressed with how many 4-bean pods we found in his field of Latham® Hi-Tech Soybeans L3157R. He’s anticipating 50+ bushel yields We also had the chance to walk a 95-acre field of Latham’s LibertyLink, which he was trying for the first time. He pulled several plants with 3- and 4-bean pods with 85, 90 and 94 pods per plant. The herbicide program worked extremely well and this Latham customer is very excited to go to harvest. He’s very satisfied with Latham’s LibertyLink Soybeans and the services our company offers.
Talk about adding insult to injury! Along with the rain on Wednesday evening, came straight-line winds. A difference in corn hybrids was evident the next morning as there were several fields with little or no damage, and then there were thousands of acres planted to other brands that were destroyed. Corn was green snapped, kinked about 12-18 inches off the ground and other plants had terrible root lodging. Today’s hybrid corn products offer tremendous root strength and stacked traits can help avoid such issues. While no particular hybrid is bullet proof, I’ll gladly visit with you about the products that will work best given your soil types and farming practices. Now is the time to start planning the 2013 crop!