Rains should bump soybean yields

In a soybean field northwest of Sabetha, bean pods are beginning to plump up with beans.

With September upon us, harvest is on most farmers’ minds. And while the area experienced dry, hot weather conditions throughout the summer — and during the times when moisture was most needed for the corn — the month of August has been wetter than usual.

Rainfall in the past month has totaled nearly 10 inches in the Sabetha area — though varying greatly by specific location — but this all came too late to help with the corn yield, which is expected to be significantly below average. According to Ag Partners Cooperative Sabetha area plant manager Dan Dalinghaus, the rain could, however, still help test weights.

It’s a different story, though, for the soybeans. The rain might have come in the “nick of time,” Dalinghaus said.

“They [beans] were hurt by the drought, but had not started pod fill stage yet, so we could still have a good bean harvest,” he said. “The rains did come in time to make a huge difference on them. They are starting to turn yellow, showing that they are maturing.”

With pod fill stage now beginning, Dalinghaus said, counts are “all over the place.”

“The yields are going to vary as much as the rain varied this year,” Dalinghaus said. “I am expecting bean yields of 40 to 60 bushels per acre, which would be both below and above average. Fifty bushels per acre is average for our area.”

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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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