The corn and soybean harvest in NE Indiana is nearing an end. According to the latest USDA update, 77% of Indiana corn and 80% of Indiana soybeans have been harvested. Most fields in NE Indiana have been harvested; and, with rain on the way, farmers are working hard to finish this week. “We are about 95% complete on soybeans and close to 2/3rds on corn,” said Brian Schrader with Pioneer.
“I am hearing yields of well over 200 bpa in most of my territory — some fields averaging 250 up to 275 bpa.” He noted 70 bpa soybean yields are common, except in some areas where disease and quality issues have resulted in a drop in top end yields.
Schrader says these yield numbers are proving to be a surprise to many growers, who saw less than Ideal growing conditions early this year. He stated, “I am very pleased with the yields because they are much better than I had expected earlier this year.”