Yield Reports and a Little More

Good afternoon.  Well we have some rain falling in the Breckenridge area and figured this would be a great opportunity for me to catch up with the blog since it’s been awhile.

Let’s start off with some yield reports from around the area.  Well variability has been the go to word so far for soybean yields in our area.  Many of the growers I’ve spoke to said they can go from 0 to 60 bu/acre in the matter of a few feet in a lot of there fields.  The areas of drowned out from this spring are really hurting whole field averages.  In our immediate area I think that 28-36 bu/acre will take care of most acres of soybeans, of course there are the exceptions as well.  I have heard of 45 bu yields on some of the better ground as you move towards Fergus Falls.  Also, in that same area we had one soybean plot taken off, our new 2071 RR2YN and 2093 RR2YN performed very well, both were the yield winners in their respective maturities running 41.4 bu/acre and 46.7 bu/acre.  Moving further north, I mean way north, our seed bean producer in Roseau County in northern MN came across the scale with 45 bu 0091 RR2Y beans, which is two very successful years for those beans up north.

Corn harvest is just staring for some growers.  Most of the corn that has been taken off so far this year has been fields that were under great amounts of stress, both early and late.  Yields have been fairly low, 90-120 bu/acre for many of these acres, but look for that number to increase as growers get into their better fields.  Moistures that I have been seeing for hand shelled corn are generally in the 22-26% moisture category, with a few here and there that are lower.  As harvest moves along I will do my best to keep you updated on what yield levels I’m hearing for corn, soybeans, and sunflowers.

The last topic I want to cover is corn pollination.  You’re probably thinking that’s a strange topic for the first week in October, and it is.  The reason I want to talk about this quick is I was out in a field the other day with our Territory Manager Dan Schmit where there was poor pollination across most of the field.  This certain field was split between three different hybrids, from three different companies.  We spent plenty of time in each hybrid, and the story was the same across the field.  Many of the ears were had tipback about 2 to 3 inches, some zipper ears, and some with very sporadic pollination.  The grower was concerned that this was a hybrid problem, but when all three hybrids with different maturities and genetic backgrounds are expressing the same issues, it moves from a hybrid problem to a field or environmental problem.  There are many different factors that can affect pollination: too warm, too cold, too wet, too dry, too cloudy, poor fertility, etc.  It’s always best to see these problems before you in the middle of harvest so you aren’t surprised when you get to certain areas or fields.  But if you haven’t got a chance to get out there and scout as you’re in the combine this year and get to a place in the field and see the yield monitor take a dip, stop, get out and take a quick look at what is going on in the field, you may be surprised by what you find.