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Corn yields coming in mixed

Jeff Caldwell 09/22/2011 @ 4:00pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Combines are rolling in the Corn Belt. So, what's the crop making so far?

Yields are all across the board as harvest gets rolling in corn and soybean country. Corn moisture levels are still on the high side in a lot of areas, though, keeping harvest progress a little on the slow side.

"Things are moving slow. Corn is not drying down very fast, if at all it seems," says Benton, Illinois, farmer Kelly Robertson. "Working on odds and ends between trying to haul some corn out and it doesn’t seem like I am getting much accomplished."

But, where harvest activity has been able to pick up, the results are mixed.

"We are running here in northeast Kansas. Corn is pretty good -- above average from what I was expecting," says Seneca, Kansas, farmer Rod Tangeman says. "So far, we have had fields go 168 [bushels/acre], 170, 105, 142, 163 and 158."

Elsewhere, yields reported in Iowa this week came in about as expected. In Winnebago County, Iowa, reports came in ranging from 146 to 172 bushels/acre. Though farmers expected these types of yields after this growing season, Agriculture.com's Mike McGinnis reports those levels came from fields that yielded between 185 and 210 bushels/acre a year ago.

Look for harvest activity to continue to pick up steam in the Corn Belt over the next week to 10 days. Though scattered light rain will likely fall in the eastern portion of the Corn Belt through this weekend, Freese-Notis Weather, Inc., meteorologist Craig Solberg says the wet spell won't amount to a whole lot. After that, dry air will be a constant theme in the weather outlook.

"We have a wetter forecast today for the eastern Corn Belt and into the Delta. The eastern Corn Belt is going to see cool conditions with a lot of cloud cover from today through early Sunday, and there will be scattered light rains in that area during that time frame as well," Solberg says. "We may still see some rain in the far eastern Corn Belt next Wednesday, but by Thursday the entire region looks dry and I still cannot be excited about the rainfall potential in the Midwest for the start of October."


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