Local Crops Expert Says He's Cautiously Optimistic Corn Yields May Be Somewhat Better Than First Thought

Thu 9-9-2021

(Lakefield, Mn.)-- With corn and soybeans quickly approaching maturity across the region, producers are beginning to turn their thoughts to the upcoming harvest. And while there's been concern over a potential reduction in yields due to the drought, Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield, says he cautiously optimistic things may turn out better than originally thought. He's basing that on some silage cutting that's currently underway...Nesseth & Harvest Outlook01 

"The good thing about that, Steve, is that we've been able to get some silage, some corn appraisals, and some of these yields are surprisingly pretty good. Some are disappointing where we had, you know, some sandier soils and less rainfall, but we've kind of had a range of about 80, 85 bushel on the low end up to some 200, 200 plus corn. So there's some good corn out there and some that's going to be a little bit disappointing. But overall I'm a little encouraged with what we've seen so far with corn yields."

Nesseth adds the recent rains may have come soon enough to help the beans...Nesseth & Harvest Outlook02 

"And you know this last rainfall event that we had last week, I think that certainly helped maybe get some, hopefully get some bigger bean size, and so I'm a little bit more optimistic with that."

And with the crops reaching maturity a bit earlier than usual, Nesseth says combines will likely be in the fields sooner rather than later this year...Nesseth & Harvest Outlook03 

"I think some of this higher moisture corn, you know once that gets down to around 30 percent, a lot of our producers need corn and they're out of feed and so they're going to take that a little bit earlier. The guys selling it for grain will probably wait a little bit. It's kind of indicative of the standability of the corn. Some of them may take that earlier, but I would expect maybe in the next seven to 10 days we'll see some corn taken out and some of that may be taken out before the soybeans, but these beans are starting to turn and, you know, I would look for, you know, in a couple of weeks we'll be running those combines on some  soybeans pretty heavy."

Nesseth adds it's going to be vital to get plenty of rain this fall, preferably after the harvest and before the ground freezes, to start replenishing subsoil moisture.