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Fall Crop Tour - Northeast Iowa

Mike McGinnis talks corn harvest with Craig Peterson of Sumner, Iowa

-Hi. I'm Mike McGinnis with Agriculture.com. We're visiting today in Sumner, Iowa in the northeastern part of the state, with Craig Peterson. Craig, first off, you know, you and your father out here harvesting this year's crop. -Uh-huh. -Give us some sense of how things are going so far. -This year's crop has probably been the most variable crop that I have seen so far in my farming career. -Uh-huh. -We've seen anywhere from 25 bushel acre corn on no rain areas, to the field we are now [unk] on 180 to 200 bushel per acre. Beans are very consistent because of the rains that we had in early August. And very good bean crop so far. The corn-- been averaging a lot of field averages of 100 to 115, 20 bushel, but we are getting into some better stuff. Quality is good. We have good test wheats, corn's dry-- so, very pleased with that. -Yeah. When folks watch this video, and they'll hear you talk about close to 180 and 200 bushels-- -Uh-huh. -they're gonna be-- most people, anyway, are gonna be thinking that they're pretty jealous of those numbers. -Yeah. Yeah. I, we-- -Good-- is it just good soils here? - Well, we have had good soils here, but every mile or so, every different township, it's different this year. This area had some rains, and then the heavier soils. I believe the rains helped cool the canopy down at night when we had the 100-degree heat, which helped rain more than anything during pollination. And this year, it's here-- filled out nice, the quality is very good. So, I feel that is probably been more just the timeliness to getting a-catching a few rains. -You have a lot of wagons here. Where are you hauling this corn to? -We're hauling it to our own facility just down the road here, a mile. And we have a dryer there. But this stuff is 14.5 percent right now coming out of the field. Like I said, very good qualities. We're dumping it direct right in the bin. -You're gonna throw the key away and wait for higher prices? Are you still bullish corn? -Well, we've-- we have got some forward contracted. But yeah, we're gonna-- I think basis is gonna improve on a lot of this stuff coming forward here. I think there's that sense of bullishness in the countryside, even on beans yet. I think, once I get the crop insurance price adjusted, we might see some keys get thrown away. -Craig is also a seed salesman. Let's talk about this idea that we're hearing about, that farmers are saying that there might be a shortage of seed-- their seed salesman are telling them this. -Uh-huh. -What are you telling your customers? -I'm telling my-- -for next year. -Yeah. I'm telling my guys, number one, don't change your crop rotation dramatically just because we are going into a dry fall. Let's stay with your normal crop rotations because with the genetics nowadays, different practices of farming, we're seeing better yields than we anticipated because of things like that. But as far as the seed side goes, our supplies have been pretty good. Our-- I just had an e-mail the other day, our harvest came in 9 percent higher, they thought. So, that's a good thing. But we are gonna raise a lot of crop down in South America this year, probably more than we typically liked to do because of-- for some of your better varieties and whatnot, to meet the demand. -So, you're gonna rely on that seed from South America to get up here in time next May. -Yeah. Usually, we have two or three, you know, key products or hot products that you wanna raise down there. This year, we're probably gonna-- looks like ten or twelve from this area that they're gonna add. Not a-- lot of numbers, but just to get your supply up there to-- so you get some extra cushion. And I know, pretty much all seed companies are doing that. -Okay. And so, you're confident right now in October that the farmers will have their seed-- -Yeah. -of choice-- -But I-- -next year. -I have been telling people, "Well, take advantage of your early orders. Get in, get your stuff written down with your seed supplier because any time, an early order is taken, that usually holds precedence compared to wait until springtime for something. And usually, your better quality seed is your earlier ordered stuff." -Uh-huh. -So, we're gonna kinda-- that's what I have been recommending to people. -Okay. Thanks, Craig, for your time. -Uh-huh. -Craig Peterson of Sumner, Iowa. Mike McGinnis for Agriculture.com.