A weekend of warm weather sent more combines to the field. Mary Gumz, agronomist with Dupont Pioneer in NW Indiana, says most of the harvest activity has been in soybean fields, “Definitely seeing combines in the field, mostly cutting early soybeans. With the warm weather over the weekend and warmer conditions this week, we are going to start seeing more activity in corn fields.”
Gumz told HAT the full season beans are still very green, but the early season varieties are drying down nicely, “I am very pleased the way the soybeans are drying down.” She said she was concerned that there would be a lot of green soybeans because of the lateness in planting and the good growing conditions this summer. She said the very dry conditions that have existed in NW Indiana during August, while not good for pod fill, have allowed dry down to get underway.
As for yields, Gumz says the growers she has talked with have been reporting good yields, “With the shorter season varieties, around the 2.4 to 2.5 maturity range we are seeing 60 bpa yields.” She added that she expects better yield numbers with the fuller season crops.
Listen to the complete harvest update form DuPont Pioneer on the agronomy page at our web site.