Farmers took advantage of some dry days to get more of the harvest completed, but the earlier wet conditions are still causing some issues. The grain manager of the
Farmers Cooperative Society in Sioux Center, Calvin Diehl, says the beans that remain in the field need more dry days. “We’re about 70 percent done with beans. The last 30 percent have been a real struggle to get off…beans are about 16 to 17 percent moisture and guys just cannot combine them yet,” according to Diehl. Farmers can only wait and hope those beans dry out.
“They are just too wet to do anything with — no processors or anybody will take them at that moisture at any discount level,”Diehl says. The bean fields that have been harvested are showing good yields.
He says the average fields are averaging around 70 bushels an acre, with most of the in mid 70’s and up. “Very good yields, I’d say five to ten percent better than last year.” Diehl says the corn harvest is also looking very good when it comes to yields.
“Everybody took their bean heads off and are going after corn right now, so we’re pretty busy with corn,” Diehl says. “Corn is running anywhere from 16 to 20 moisture — very good yields, very good test weight. As good as last year and I am going to say it is a better crop than last year on the corn — yield wise and quality.”
He believes the corn harvest is perhaps 15 to 20 percent completed within his trade area. Diehl says many farmers still have corn stored from last year, and are waiting
for higher prices before they market the golden commodity. Several local grain
elevators are having to store this year’s corn in outside storage facilities.
(Reporting and photos by Dennis Morrice, KLEM, Le Mars)