May 29, 2024

2021 harvest producing surprisingly good yields

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According to Shannon Olson, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director, Elbow Lake, with 85 to 90 percent of the soybean harvest, and 50 to 60 percent of the corn harvest completed in Grant County, yields are better than expected.

“Despite the drought, most farmers in Grant County got timely rains, and with modern genetics, the beans and corn look pretty good.”

Olson cautioned that fields in sandy soils, however, suffered.

She reported that wheat acreage was up this year and yielded anywhere between  25 and 100 bushels per acre.

Soybeans yielded  an average of 30 bushels per acre with some fields coming in at 50 to 60 bushels per acre.

She admitted to not hearing a lot about the corn harvest, but has learned that in some places the yield is around 190 bushels per acre.

“Farmers are dodging the rain to get the last of the corn in,” she said. Moisture is also surprisingly good with percentage between 16 and 18 percent, but higher in some instances.

Olson admits she is surprised at the amount of tillage farmers have been able to get done, despite the wet fields.

Olson said the sugar beet harvest has been delayed because of the rain and the main lift has not started yet, so she has no report on tonnage.

The FSA agent mentioned that farmers are already worrying about next year and the skyrocketing cost of fertilizer.

“We could see more small grains planted as farmers may not want to put up with the cost of fertilizer to put corn in.”

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