With harvest nearly complete, soybean and corn yields varied

The recent snowfall and rain received in the area has delayed completion of corn and soybean harvesting for some, as this field of partially-cut corn shows.

Soybean and corn yields are “all over the place,” according to Dan Dalinghaus, manager at the Sabetha location of Ag Partners Cooperative.

The worst soybean yields were 37 bushels per acre, while the best soybean yields were in the mid 70s. Good in this area is anything 50 or higher.

Lowest corn yields were 55 bushels per acre, while the best were at 198. Anything above 140 bushels per acre is considered good in the area. Last year’s yields averaged 110, and the year before was higher than that.

“If you caught a rain at the right time, it was everything,” Dalinghaus said. “I am amazed every year at how the crops can yield with so little moisture. That says a lot about the genetics that are put into the seed.”

According to Dalinghaus, area harvest is 98 percent completed. He said he only knows of a few area farmers who still have grain to get out of the field.

“With the snow, beans will stop until it melts away,” Dalinghaus said. “They can still pick corn if they can get through the field, but I think they will wait until the snow melts down and then they will go after it. Beans will have to wait until completely melted.”

In addition to finishing up harvest, area farmers were busy in the fields prior to the late November blizzard. Some wheat was planted, Dalinghaus said, though overall acres will be down on wheat again in the area.

Prior to the storm, and with the knowledge that it was coming, there was a rush of people applying anhydrous ammonia fertilizer and dry fertilizer in preparation of next years planting.

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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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