Soybean harvest in north-central Indiana is on pause again with more rains moving in this week, but there was good progress last week and good yields reported too. Kevin Wilson farms on the Cass and Howard County border and told HAT his conventional soybeans have run in the mid 60’s to near 70 bushels per acre. The high oleic beans performed just as well.
“They hung right in there with the other conventional beans and we did not see any yield drag whatsoever this year. The quality was just real good, the overall health of the beans was as good or better than what we had in some of the others. So overall we were really, really pleased with the outcome.”
Wilson said the combination of great yields and incentives have made it an easy decision to plant high oleic beans.
“Once you understand the true benefits in the industry of what this oil can do for us as soybean farmers, I think when you consider the total package it’s really kind of a no brainer for me to continue on with this program. I think as the varieties become more and more adaptable to the different zones, I really do think that as we get more and more of the product available for industry that we’ll see a lot of benefits.”
He says there is a good chance he’ll devote even more acres to high oleic next year. As for corn harvest Wilson has only shelled 150 acres and so far the yields are good.
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