Northwest of Storm Lake

11/29/18

Past Weeks Rainfall  .1 to .5 inches
Soil Moisture Above average, some frost
Temperature Colder than normal
Crop Progress Harvest is complete

Corn

Soybeans

 

Crop Stage Harvest complete Crop Stage Harvest complete
Yield Potential Above average, except wet areas Yield Potential Above average, except wet areas

Corn Market

Soybean Market

Current Prices  3.20 Current Prices 7.92
Spring Prices  3.32 Spring Prices  8.00
Past Weeks Trend 10 cents higher for the week Past Weeks Trend 3 cents lower for the week

Comments:

This is my last report of the season. Harvest is essentially complete in NW Iowa. Only a few small patches remain. It looked like we would have an early harvest back in September, but it turned into a long one because of all the weather delays and saturated soil. Conditions were frustrating as farmers switched from corn to soybeans and back again multiple times trying to make progress. There was less time for field work than usual this year because of the weather. Fall tillage, anhydrous fertilizer, soil sampling, and tile work could be ending soon because of frozen ground and snowfall.

Soybeans turned-out to be a good crop this year, but not a record one. The common theme was well drained farms or well tiled farms did good and poor drained farms didn’t. Disease pressure and the use of a fungicide was also a big factor.

Corn yields were good to very good on well drained farms. Many farms attained record high yields this year. Overall this was one of the best or possibly the best corn crops ever in parts of NW Iowa. The extreme northern areas and northeast areas were much less consistent. Disease pressure and nitrogen management were the biggest factors other than drainage.

I will start sending these reports again next spring. We wish you a very Happy Holiday season!

Chad Husman

ChadHusman

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