Harvest comes early

Posted September 20, 2012 at 5:00 am


Looking at fields across the area, one would think it was October judging by the dryness of the corn. Tom Nason of rural Akron checks out an ear of corn during harvest, which is a month earlier than normal due to the drought. Tom farms 1,200 acres in Union County, SD, and says this is the worst year he can remember. He is finding his yield is all over the board, ranging from 0-200 bushels per acre. In one field he was doing 200 bushels per acre and in the middle of the field it hit zero bushels. He says overall he’s averaging between 35-60. In an average year that range would be 150-200 bushels per acre. Hill corn is doing better for him, averaging 50 bushels. However, he has found that the later season corn is not doing as well. Moisture in the corn is running 14-25 percent. Tom said between last year when there was a flood to this year with a drought, it has been one extreme to another. As far as soybeans go, Tom says they will be short also. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year’s drought was the most widespread since 1956 with most locations facing moderate to severe drought since the 1930s dustbowl. July marked the hottest month on record ever for the lower 48 states with the hottest locations stretched across the Midwest and Central Plains according to NOAA. This has caused a devastating corn crop loss and the potential for a significant soybean loss.

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