County soybeans fair, corn lags behind
As harvest winds down for Douglas County farmers, the results have been mixed. County Agent Bill Wood's numbers show that, but rural Baldwin farmer Kermit Kalb wasn't so cheerful as he cut soybeans south of Baldwin City Friday afternoon.
"It's going all right," said Kalb. "Nothing special."
Wood expects harvest to wrap up quickly.
"I think just looking around we're probably out of corn and the soybeans are just about done," said Wood. "The last four days, the beans have really come out."
He estimated that 98 percent of the corn and 85 percent of the soybeans in the county had been cut as of Tuesday. He said the numbers he's seeing for yield are about average for soybeans, but below average for corn.
"On corn 60 to 90 (bushels per acre) would catch most of it, with some at 100," said Wood. "It's 20 to 40 (bushels per acre) on beans. Down in the river bottom, there was some that went 50."
As for how that stacks up with previous years, again, it's mixed.
"From 2001 to 2005, we've averaged 33.6 on beans. We might get that," he said. "We've averaged 102 on corn. I don't think we're going to make that."
The dry, wet, dry, wet summer is the reason. Where crops received adequate moisture, especially at the right times, yields have been good, he said. The opposite holds true on the other side of that farming equation.
"It's real spotty," said Wood. "Depending on where you are, a field a half mile away can catch a rain, while the other one doesn't."
As they say in the business, that's farmin'.
"It sure is," he said.
Final tallies on Douglas County's harvest will be totaled later. The same holds true for the rest of the state. Other areas of the state are reporting similar progress in completing harvest. Results have been spotty, too.