Janel: A busy soybean harvest

South Central Nebraska—It’s Oct. 9 and it has been a very busy soybean harvest. Across the fields I’m seeing decent yields anywhere from 60 to 100 bushels per acre. Overall, the soybeans are yielding in the 70s and 80s. The late summer heat hurt the soybean yields. They just aren’t quite as good as usual but still good soybeans. The dryland pivot corners are yielding 30 to 40 bushels per acre.

Currently, our crews are split up six ways. Here, there’s four cutting soybeans and two picking corn. In Kansas there’s two cutting milo. In central Nebraska there’s one cutting soybeans. I love cutting soybeans, but I know we’re about to run out of soybeans to cut. Corn is next for me and I’m looking forward to it.

Our forecast is clear except for one day later this week when there’s a chance of rain. The days are mostly sunny, but the temperatures are cooling off with highs in the 50s and 60s. We’ll keep on harvesting until we work ourselves out of work. We typically finish in mid to late November. Everyone please be safe.

Janel Schemper can be reached at janel@allaboardharvest.com.

Thank you to our 2023 All Aboard Fall Harvest sponsors: High Plains Journal, Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc., Pivot Bio, T-L Irrigation, ITC Holdings, Corp., Trail King, and U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. 

We got rained out at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3.
Cutting soybeans Oct. 5.
Cutting late on Oct. 5.
I love having a nice field of soybeans to cut.
Finishing up a quarter of soybeans Oct. 6.
I love my combine shadow. It’s my favorite time of the day.
Cutting late on Oct. 6.
It was 39 degrees at 9 p.m. and we had the first frost the night of Oct. 6.
Schemper Harvesting trucks.
It was a beautiful 70 degree day on Oct. 7.
The sunset was pretty Oct. 7.
The wind was great all day but came to a stand still the evening of Oct. 7.
I hauled a load to the elevator early on Oct. 9.
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