08-22-2011 07:46 AM - edited 08-22-2011 09:06 AM
2011 Agriculture.com Yield Tour:
As of Monday morning, sources are reporting new corn yields from the South. A fast harvest year is what I'm hearing.
Louisiana: 125-187 'dryland' yield reports are coming in. On 'irrigated' corn, yields between 125-220 reported.
Arkansas: 180-200 bushels per acre yields are expected to start coming in this week. The average is expected to be around 180 bu./acre. Weather is allowing for combines to roll today.
Mississippi (Delta): Monitors are reading anywhere from 0-200-plus. Irrigated corn is averaging 170. Test weights are coming in around 56 to 58lbs. Not a lot of drying needed this year.
For Louisiana, corn harvest is nearing 80% complete. The late planted corn is averaging 50 bushels per acre or below. The Irrigated is yielding between 125-220.
In Arkansas, farmers are really just getting started harvesting corn this week. Farmers are waiting to see what the yield monitors say about what this year's high heat did to the crop. Soybeans have been under heavy worm pressure this year.
In Mississippi, the farmers are well over 50% harvested on corn. In fact, this week, will be the last of the harvest season for some farmers in the Delta. Mirroring the last few years, the June weather has really hampered the corn yields. So much so that the hill farmers are going away from corn and into more wheat and cotton. Meanwhile, farmers with flat ground are leveling it to be able to install irrigation systems. "Because of our drier weather patterns, we have to get water to this corn crop, if we're going to get better yields," one agronomist says. This year, in dryland areas on the hills, corn yields are 100 bu./acre and below. Overall, it's been a quick harvest season. Growers with on-farm storage, will store most of their corn. They will price it to a poultry feeder in eastern Mississippi and deliver it in March.
Now it's your turn. What's your yield monitor saying? We would love to hear you weigh in. Thanks for sharing.
08-22-2011 01:33 PM
Mike, there is far worst looking crops than that. From the intersection of hwy 71 and hyw 34 all the way to Maryville Mo ( about 70 miles) I would guess 50 to 60% loss. You have to see it to beleive it at that hwy intersection. It looks like someone mowed it off with a bush hog mower
08-22-2011 03:24 PM - edited 08-22-2011 03:33 PM
That's pretty much what the Page County, Iowa FSA person was saying. There are some real unfortunate crop situations there. I feel bad for those farmers that were expecting a nice crop, before the storm hit.
08-22-2011 03:24 PM
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08-22-2011 07:07 PM
One field calculates at 180 bpa if I figure a count of 100k per bushel or 200 bpa at 90k per bushel.
Another field shows about 190 bpa at the 100k count and 210 bpa at the 90k count.
It all depends on the fill. The plant health looks pretty good. We could use some rain.