Corn yields higher than expected

Higher than expected corn yields have area farmers in good spirits, with corn and soybean harvest well underway and near complete for some.

Corn harvest is 70 percent complete, while soybean harvest is about a third of the way done, according to Dan Dalinghaus, manager at the Sabetha location of Ag Partners Cooperative.

Corn yields have been averaging 110 bushels per acre, much higher than expected with drought conditions during the growing season. Anything above 140 bushels per acre is considered good in this area, and last year’s yields were above this mark.

Test weights have been at 61 pounds, with 60 considered good, while moisture content has been ranging from 14 to 17 percent — 15 percent is the ideal.

Soybean yields have been averaging 40 to 45 bushels per acre, a little below normal. Good in this area is anything 50 or higher, Dalinghaus said.

Test weights have been averaging 55 pounds, a little below normal. Moisture contents have been coming in normal to dry, from 10 to 13 percent, with the ideal being 13 percent.

Dalinghaus expects all harvesting to be done in two weeks, weather depending.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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