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Northwest of Storm Lake
Past Weeks Rainfall
.01 to .1 inches
Colder than normal
Harvest is behind schedule
Reduced yields on late planted, good yields on most
Past Weeks Trend
6 cents lower last week
Past Weeks Trend
7 cents lower last week
Harvest is finally inching closer to completion in this area. Very cold temps, light snow, and freezing rain slowed progress down over the past few weeks. Late planted corn remains wet, and elevators are bogged down with wet corn and in some cases can’t get propane trucked in fast enough. The 10 day weather outlook is a little warmer and mostly dry, so it looks like harvest should be basically finished by Thanksgiving.
Most soybeans were harvested in late October, but the few fields that remain have not been able to dry down. Overall bean yields were about 10% less than last year which still means a lot of good yields. Farms that may have yielded 70 bushels per acre last year are running in the low 60’s this year. Yields in the 50’s are common this year also. The later planted beans are on the low side of yields (as expected), but actually they weren’t as far off as we thought they would be.
Corn harvest is down to about the last third in this area. The corn left tends to be the later planted, challenging farms, so it seems the best corn is already harvested. Letting the corn stand longer to dry in the field has not paid off so far, moisture levels have not changed much since late-October. Yields are variable ranging from 140’s to 240’s bushels per acre, 210 to 220 bu/ac range is fairly common on very good farms. Comparable farms may have easily been over 230 last year, so overall yields are down this year but still good. Wet farms planted late are on the low end again this year.
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