Filed under: Corn, Farm, harvest, Minnesota, Soybeans | Tags: Corn, farm, harvest, Minnesota, Soybeans
Many folks have been talking about our harvest here in southwestern Minnesota getting going early, but the time is not yet. Yes, a few combines have taken a bite out of corn fields in our area, but no one is going full speed ahead. I’m seeing fields opened up and a few of the earlier varieties taken out, but no full fields yet. As for soybeans, they are still a few weeks from harvest.
Those who have ventured out into the field are reporting corn yields of from 90 to 190 bushels per acre. Soil type is key to yield here. The sandy spots just could not hold enough moisture to keep the corn growing all year. Also in evidence are areas that were replanted and then drowned out again. Wet areas this spring will also have a lower yield.
I heard of one farmer who tried a little corn harvesting, put his combine back in the shed and went fishing for a week. Not a bad plan. As for us, I expect to try a field or two later next week. My dad is off to DC to talk ethanol, and I have a Church Council retreat this coming weekend. Not as exciting as going fishing, but it will keep us from getting too excited about harvest.
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