SALISBURY, Mo. — Barry Imgarten harvested a field of soybeans on a perfect, classic Missouri October day. Under a sharp blue sky, the afternoon sunshine gave the Chariton County field a hint of gold as the combine methodically made the rounds, pausing to unload into a grain cart, which in turn was unloaded into the two grain trucks parked at the edge of the field.
The sights and sounds of harvest time were back.
On Oct. 14 near here, Imgarten was in the very early stages of soybean harvest. Cold nights the previous weekend helped get the beans ready for harvest.
“We just started (on soybeans) today,” he said.
So far, the soybeans were yielding around 60 bu./acre, Imgarten said.
“Above average,” he said. “It’s pretty good.”
The overall harvest progress in North Central Missouri was running behind the usual pace.
“We’re about a week behind, a week or 10 days behind,” Imgarten said.
He had wrapped up the corn crop before switching over to soybeans.
“We’re finished up on corn,” Imgarten said.
However, part of the reason the corn harvest was finished already was there were fewer corn acres than intended. Imgarten says he had about 300 acres of low-lying land that never got planted due to wet weather and flooding during the spring. It was a widespread problem across Missouri this year. According to the USDA, wet and flooded fields kept Missouri from planting 750,000 acres of corn, or 21% of the state’s intended corn crop.
Fortunately, Imgarten said the corn he did get planted and harvested fared well this year. The growing season generally had plenty of moisture for the crops.
“It was excellent,” he said.