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Three crops in one season?

XtremeAg’s Kelly Garrett and Kevin Matthews are finishing up harvest, while Matt Miles is going for a triple crop in southeast Arkansas.

KELLY GARRETT - ARION, IOWA

A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa. 

We are on the downhill slope of our 2022 corn harvest and should be finishing up this week.

The yields have proven to be variable, but overall they are better than we expected. My proven average is 215 bpa and this year's crop looks to be around 205-210 bpa average, which I didn’t feel was possible based on the stress that the crop has endured this season. We will have to look at all the data once we are done harvesting, but I think we are really going to see a difference where we made those extra applications to mitigate stress when the heat was really on this season. Really, the credit goes to the companies partner with XtremeAg that have allowed us to try new things and learn a lot in the process. 

Kelly Garrett applies anhydrous
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We have started to put on our anhydrous and of course are using a stabilizer. We have done so cautiously to make sure it is sealing good with the dry conditions.

KEVIN MATTHEWS - EAST BEND, NORTH CAROLINA

Kevin and his wife, Cindy, own and operate Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc. in East Bend and Yadkinville.

The end is in sight. Our first planted soybeans have been harvested. Now we are moving into our double crop beans. This is our second year desiccating the entire soybean crop and it has changed the game for our farm. By desiccating, our harvest was moved up by two weeks. Our overall farm average has increased as we’ve picked up yield with the entire plant drying down at once. The combines can cut faster since they aren’t fighting any green stems in the field. The biggest part for us is it’s freeing up multiple people to start working on spreading cover crops. Two years ago we spent time in Arkansas at Matt Mile’s farm as they were getting ready to desiccate. Taking that time away from our operation to learn from them has resulted in one of the biggest efficiencies gained on our farm.

Arial view of a John Deere combine harvesting crops in North Carolina
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Winter wheat went out last week and we should be able to finish it up in the next few days. Our corn harvest is down to our river bottom land. These acres typically go quickly as we go from our upland with the average field size of 10 acres to river bottoms that have 30+ acres in a field.

Stay safe as we all work to finish getting our crops in.

MATT MILES - MCGEHEE, ARKANSAS

Matt Miles is a fourth-generation farmer in southeast Arkansas who grows corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton.

Phase three of the triple crop plan has begun! We harvested the second bean crop on October 28 with a yield of 41.5 bpa, giving us a little over 120 bu for the combined bean crops. The 30-day early frost we got last week gave us a harvest window 10 days earlier and I don’t think it damaged the yield very much.

John Deere tractor planting in Arkansas in October
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It is way too dry to plant all of our wheat but since we had been irrigating this field through the drought, I had moisture to plant, and we also had some rain over the weekend. I’m not sure that this will ever be a regular practice, but it will definitely make you stop and think about out of the box ideas that may just become reality. I would like to thank my brothers at XtremeAg for helping me with ideas and options to make this work. Hopefully the wheat emerges, and we can finish this race.

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