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LAKE AREA NEWS: Harvest gets underway, soybean yields look better than first thought

SPENCER, Iowa (KUOO) – This week’s seesaw of weather has impacted area farmers, especially in Clay County, Iowa.

According to our news partner KUOO Radio, the recent warmer, drier weather has allowed farmers to start harvesting soybeans.

Paul Kassel, a crops specialist with the Iowa State University Extension Service in Clay county says so far, yields have been coming in somewhat better than first thought.

“60 bushel an acre is kind of a common theme, high 50’s to low 60’s. People are generally pleased because we planted them many times in the first week of June or so,” said Kassel. “We had a pretty good summer in a lot of ways. We maybe could have used a little rain there in late August, but by and large a pretty good summer and of course we had a warm September to finish them off, so that helped, too. So but by and large people are pleased with the soybean yields we’ve seen so far.”

Kassel says the cold, wet weather that’s in the forecast over the next several days should have little or no effect on the soybeans as that crop is completely mature.

But Kassel says the story is different for late-planted corn.

“Kind of the question now will be with them, is the field dry-down and the yield, what kind of yield that we’ll see from that June or early June planting date? Sometimes it works out pretty well and other years it doesn’t. Currently it looks good but we’re still waiting to see how that yields,” said Kassel.

Kassel says hopefully any accumulating snowfall will stay away from the area so that once the weather clears, the harvest can resume again in a timely fashion.

Note: Original reporting done by KUOO Radio. 

Dean Welte

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