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Emma: Soybeans and Corn Outlook

Emma: Soybeans and Corn Outlook

We’ve been staying right on our farmer’s place in Rock Rapids. It’s in the country and we’re parked right next to fields of corn and soybeans. These particular fields aren’t what we’ll be harvesting, but it will give you an idea how close harvest is getting.

It’s likely we’ll be done with our soybean harvest before we get to the corn. Dan thinks we should be able to harvest at least by the end of the week, but I think we’ll be testing as early as tomorrow. We are crossing out fingers and hope that we will be harvesting soon and that it will be just as good as last year. Let’s just hope the weather stays nice. Fall harvest will be complete before we know it.

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There is quite a variation in this field of soybeans.

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Toward the top of the stalk the beans are still soft, but are much more mature.

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At the bottom they're green, and very moist.

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The stalks are still quite green.

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The stalks are turning, but still mostly green.

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Corn harvest looks to be good this year!

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The corn is starting to dent.

Be safe out there on the roads during the upcoming fall harvest. A few farmers are already on the move. Keep your eyes peeled!

Be safe and God bless.

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2 Comments
  • Mark Loch
    Posted at 09:10h, 28 September

    Emma,
    Thanks for the continuing blog about harvest. For city-folk like me, it’s interesting to see the criteria for harvesting. Is the corn you are preparing to harvest to be used for food or ethanol production? Or both?

  • Emma Misener
    Posted at 11:39h, 03 December

    It’s taken me a while to reply to many of you, and for that, I appologize. This year has been super busy, especially since fall harvest.
    To answer your question, Mark, probably both!
    Field corn, as I assume you know, isn’t what you see in the store when you want an ear of corn to grill. That is sweet corn; totally different than field corn. However, having said that, we DO eat field corn in a different form, such as corn flakes. An interesting fact, 2 cents out of every box of corn flakes actually go to the farmer- 2 cents. In my personal opinion, that’s not very much.
    Moving to ethanol. Many people who live in the northern states such as South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, take thier corn directly to an ethanol plant to be made into fuel. It depends where there is a plant from thier farm, and whether its smart to travel the distance from point A to point B, making it cost efficient. As you travel south, ethanol plants become few and far between. I think that’s due to less corn production. Kansas is about as far south as corn goes, although it’s not unhear of to grow corn further south than that.
    There is a third option, and it is a big part of field corn. It is also used for animal feed, such as cows.

    Thanks for your input, Mark. I’m happy to answer anything to promote the agricultual side of things.
    Have a blessed Christmas -Emma