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September 8, 2012, 7:13 am
Filed under: Corn, Farm, harvest, Minnesota, Soybeans | Tags: , , , ,

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.

Michael

 

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Hi Michael, I hope you are still catching my occasional blogs on agriculture. I changed my blog domain to http://www.21stcentech.com early in the year.

Are you growing most of your corn for industrial use? What type of corn is it? What is your perspective on the impact of the drought for U.S. farmers? Will it change the way farmers use water in the future, or is this seen as a one time phenomenon?

I enjoy reading your postings and always want a farmer’s perspective injected into the stuff I write on agriculture because I’m a city boy and the closest I get to farming is pepper and tomato plants beside my flower garden.

Keep writing.

Comment by lenrosen4

Most of my corn goes to the ethanol plant, the rest goes to the feed mill. Our corn this year did well despite a shortage of water. The GM corn we raise is drought resistant and also resists the root worms that would otherwise eat our corn roots.
The drought is not a negative thing here. We’re going to have a decent crop so with the higher corn prices and crop insurance we’ll do quite well.
The ones who will suffer most are the livestock farmers who must pay higher prices for feed. Dry pastures will mean less grass for cattle to eat.
Most farmers only use the water that rains down on them. Well water, or water pumped from rivers and lakes is usually used for higher value food crops and not industrial use crops.
Our best hope for changing water usage are the newer higher producing varieties that modern technology gives.
Who can predict the weather of the future?

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