Rain put the harvest on hold in many areas of the state. After several weeks of ideal harvest weather, a short break came as a relief for most producers. Eric Miller, with DuPont Pioneer, says yields are continuing to come in above expectations, “Yield results for both corn and soybeans are coming in well above grower expectations, especially given the kind of planting and growing season we have had.”
Miller says, despite very different planning dates, most fields have evened up as the season has gone along. However, moisture content remains an issue, “In the areas where we had replanting or late planted crops, harvest moisture levels are running a good 10 points above the earlier planted crops.” He added that vastly different growth stages were an issue this summer, but the warm and dry September weather has pushed all crops toward maturity quickly.
Miller told HAT test weight differences are also notable between early and late planted crops, “This is due to the lack of growing degree units. In some areas we are running over 400 units behind the 10 year average.” He also stated that soybean yields, while good, were hurt by the lack of rain in August.