Northwest of Storm Lake


Past Weeks Rainfall 3 to 7 inches! Over the past two weeks
Soil Moisture much improved, we still need more rain to store for next year
Temperature Normal
Crop Progress Crops are maturing on schedule



Crop Stage fully dented nearing maturity Crop Stage full seed to beginning maturity
Yield Potential up to 100% Yield Potential up to 100%

Corn Market

Soybean Market

Current Prices $5.76 Current Prices $12.33
Fall Prices – 2021 $4.82 Fall Prices – 2021  $12.12
Past Weeks Trend 17 cents lower last week Past Weeks Trend 12 cents lower last week


After a dry start to August, we ended up getting a lot of rain to finish out the growing season. Recent rainfall jumped our 90 day rain totals up to about average for most of this region. It would have benefited the crops much more if it came sooner, but still it’s great to get some moisture back in the soil for next year. We are seeing the first signs of fall with cooler nights, shorter days, and crops just starting to change color. The two week outlook shows a continuation of above average temperatures with less rainfall. We should be setup for a somewhat early harvest.

Most corn is still not quite at full maturity. The late-August rain should have helped fill out kernels and boost test weight on most corn, but I think some of it was too late. Most silage cutting is now done or will be soon. Yield estimates from silage are all over the place which is typical. Light soil farms will probably have a below average crop and heavy soil farms should be average or better. There will certainly be exceptions to that. I think we have a better corn crop than last year overall in this region, which is very impressive considering the extended drought. I think we had just enough rain, humidity, and near average temperatures to avoid major crop loss, but we were on the edge of it all season.

Soybeans are also progressing toward maturity. The early varieties are turning yellow now, so those farms should be ready to harvest by the last week of September which is about normal. Wet weather could push the harvest date later, but the extended forecast looks good. There seems to be a decent number of pods this year despite the slow start and drought stress. The late-August rainfall should help make large beans. I expect yields will be near average or better overall.

Chad Husman

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