Crop Yield Looking Up

Good crop years south of the metro. Yields are better than what Cass County producers thought they would be before they climbed into the combines.

Dan Nannen, Cass County Farm Service Agency Director,told the Cassgram his agency doesn’t compile any official statistics on the harvest but he talks to producers as they visit his office. “The yields have really turned out better than we thought going into the fall,” he said.

“It really is pretty amazing,” said Gayln Boesiger, Grain Merchandiser for Midwest Farmers Coop.

There was great moisture going into the spring. Then the rains continued through the first half of June and then “nothing” from mid-June through July and that caused the concern, said Nannen, but the genetics of the seeds and the soil conservation efforts and practices of farmers are paying off and helping to offset the lack of rain.

Several years ago 150 bushels per acre made for a bin buster corn crop, said Boesiger, but even with the dry year this year, that’s about what the average has been countywide. There have been some fields only producing 120 bushels per acre and some hitting 200, but most are in the 150 range with about one-third of the crop out of the field. The quality of the corn has been good and it’s fairly dry coming out of the field, he said.

Boesiger estimates 90% of the soybeans have been harvested and yields are 40 to 50 bushels per acre.

Cass County escaped any widespread storm damage to crops in 2013. Nannen said a hail storm in an isolated area south of Louisville over a month ago had a negative impact on yields there but he hadn’t received any reports of wind or hail damage to crops from the storms that hit two weeks ago.

Prices are south of where they were a year ago. Boesiger provided these comparisons:

Corn: morning bid on October 23rd 2013- $4.20; closing price October 23rd 2012- $7.49

Soybeans: morning bid on October 23rd 2013- $12.59; closing price October 23rd 2102- $15.10

There is almost a 50/50 split of crops in Cass County. Nannen provided these numbers: corn- 123,814 acres planted; Soybeans- 122,649 acres planted

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