Just a 10 percent drop in corn yield this year over recent years? That’s what one Indiana farmer is reporting with a fifth of the corn harvested. And in a HAT Field Update, John Hussey in Tipton County said he feels very fortunate.
“We started on the corn around the twentieth of September and have been very pleasantly satisfied with the yields from our early corn. It was down about 10 percent from what we had in the past, but we just feel blessed to get the crops we’re getting here when so many people are not so fortunate.”
Early planted corn varieties did not handle the hot, dry weather, but later planted corn is coming in only 5 percent under normal yields. Hussey says he is not getting the wide variance in yields so many are reporting. The only exception is when the combine moves onto higher ground in which case he has seen the monitor drop from 240 to 10 bushels per acre.
Just from the look of the bean fields Hussey thought at one point yields would be meager. But 40 percent into harvest the numbers have been anything but.
“The soybeans looked really bad. Our early prediction on our seed beans was 20-25 bushels, and now they have raised that to up in the 60 bushel plus per acre on that same variety just due to the late rains that we got. They adapt pretty well to the dry weather. But we did get rains in July. Late July and August we got very good rains and it made the bean crop.”
He says it made the bean crop among the best he has ever had.
Hear more in the HAT Field Update at the Agronomy page, sponsored by Advanced Ag Solutions.[audio:http://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/John-Hussey-happy-with-corn-and-beans.mp3|titles=John Hussey happy with corn and beans]