Soybean harvest wrapped up Saturday, Oct. 19 – about 10 days later than usual for crop watcher Rick Moser of Larchwood, Iowa.
Yields were in the mid-50s to 60s, he said. Corn yields are more variable, ranging from 150 to 225 bushels per acre, depending on three main factors: soil type, drainage and planting date.
Harvest was in full swing the week of Oct. 21. Most farmers were about half done with soybeans, and silage cutting had wrapped up.
The Larchwood area missed out on much of the snow, accumulating about a half inch the weekend of Oct. 12. It was all gone by Sunday noon, Moser said. A killing frost came Oct. 14 when temperatures reached 28 degrees. The corn and soybeans were ready for it, Moser said.
The Mosers had pumped manure for a local dairy and were working on pumping the pit for their own hog barns, applying behind corn harvest.
Cattle producers in the area were harvesting earlage and high moisture corn. Moser said they’re cutting more silage and earlage this year because of the high price and low availability of dried distillers grains. Those that feed a lot of ethanol byproducts are worried they’ll be able to secure only about half of what they normally get, he said. It’s a result of ethanol plants closing or cutting back on production.
The Mosers have a couple more weeks of corn harvest and manure spreading ahead of them. They’ve started to fill their new 200,000-bushel grain bin. If time allows this fall, Moser said they will try to install some drain tiling.