By Amy Berg, Staff Writer
Driving down the highway or any gravel road, it’s easy to see that it’s harvest season in farmland.
According to an October 10 report by the University of Minnesota Extension, the corn harvest is two and a half weeks behind the average and it is the slowest progress since 2009.
As of October 10, only seven percent of the Minnesota corn crop has been harvested.
The local grain elevators include South Central Grain and Energy (SCGE) with locations in Fairfax and Gibbon, and Harvest Land Cooperative with a location in Morgan.
According to Fairfax Grain Operations Manager Tanar Haala at SCGE, the corn harvest has been relatively steady.
“The weather looks good and we’re optimistic,” Haala said.
Haala reported that this year for SCGE farmers, the corn yield has varied between 140 and 220 bushels per acre. The test weight is in the mid 50’s. Test weight is measured in pounds per bushel.
Harvest Land Cooperative’s Kurt Soupir, who works in Commodities, reported the test weights he had heard were right around 54 and 55 pounds per bushel.
SCGE reported the closing market price of corn on October 16 as $3.11.
According to Harvest Land Cooperative’s Cash Bid Chart, corn in Morgan is at $3.06 as of October 20.
Due to the dry conditions, area farmers have been able to let their corn sit in the fields longer, which will hopefully bring them higher test weights and lower drying expenses.
Per a University of Minnesota Crop E-news article, it is recommended that if farmers are leaving their corn in the fields to dry, they should keep an eye on the strength of the corn stalks and shanks.
In regards to corn silage the University of Minnesota report states that, “eighty-seven percent of the corn for silage has been harvested, two weeks behind average.”
Soybeans are a different story. From October 3 to October 10, about forty percent of Minnesota’s soybean acres were harvested. Soybean harvest is reported to be approximately four days behind average.
The report indicated that sixty-six percent of the soybean crop is in good to excellent condition.
As for SCGE, Haala reported that their patrons are wrapping up the soybean harvest. The average yield was approximately 47 bushels per acre.
The number was similar in Morgan, with Soupir, reporting the average bushels per acre of soybeans between the upper 40’s and the lower 50’s.
SCGE reported the closing market price of soybeans on October 16 as $9.11.
Harvest Land Cooperative’s listing of soybeans was $8.84 at the Morgan location as of October 20.
With corn harvest going steady, keep an eye out for tractors and other farm implements on the road and drive safe.