Minnesota Farmer


From corn to beans and back again
September 30, 2012, 10:36 am
Filed under: Corn, Fall, Farm, frost, harvest, Minnesota, Soybeans | Tags: , , , , ,

The frost of last week Saturday changed the picture in our farm fields here in southwestern Minnesota.  Soybeans that had some green or yellow leaves lost them all in a few days, so Monday we turned our attention to the soybean harvest.

The weather has not been good for an even drying of our fields so our soybeans had been looking a bit splotchy.  Areas of dry soybeans were mixed in with beans that still had green leaves on them.  The average  of the fields was for low moisture soybeans, but averages are not what you are looking for in seed stock.  To the seed buyer, looks as well as genetics are important, thus no soybeans that are destined for the seed market can be harvested until the whole field is mature, so we waited.

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By Monday all of the soybeans looked ready so we made the switch.  Yes, our soybeans were dry, most were about 10% moisture when we want to see a 15% moisture.  The yield was very good for the small amount of rain we had, not excellent, but good enough.  The dust was flying and we spent many hours a day getting our beans either in to town, or into the bin while we could.  Now our bean harvest is over and we are back in corn.

It seems that news of the close to normal soybean harvest has reached the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where the prices are set for our crops.  The soybean price has been tumbling.  I did sell some of our soybeans, but ever the optimist, I have quite a few left to sell.  Harvest is not the normal time to sell your crop.  Everyone knows you have a crop to sell, and they all hope you will take less money for it eventually.  We’ll see if we can get a price bump later.

This is so different than the doom and gloom that the drought brought on.  It is a testament to the varieties of crops we buy now.  I’m sure we would not have had as much to harvest with so little water only a few years ago.  My combine monitor showed a high yield in the upper 60 bushels per acre several times, but the fields were only averaging from the upper 30’s to the lower 40’s.  What a year!

So it is back to corn.  What a difference a week can make.  Moisture in the corn has dropped from 18% to 12%.  I don’t mind the 18% moisture, I can get the water out of the corn by blowing air into the bin, but 12% is a bit low.  It means we are selling less water within the corn kernels than we would like.  Oh well, we’ll live with it.  Now back to harvest.

Michael

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Thanks for writing such an informative article. stories of #drought12

Comment by Alyse Cranson (@nightrainmoon13)




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