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Janel: High yielding corn

South Central Nebraska—I began picking corn Oct. 10. I am amazed to see such high yielding corn showing 260 to 300 bushels per acre across the fields. The irrigated corn yields are averaging around 275 bushels per acre. The tests weights have been 58 to 62 pounds per bushel. The moisture has been 13.4% up to 18.1%.

We did have four days that were cloudy and cool. On Oct. 12 we had 0.50 to 1.80 inches of rain in the area. The next day we had a lot of wind. The wind blew 35 to 40 mph all day with wind gusts up to 60 mph. I was picking corn on Oct. 14 and got showered out four times. It’d mist or sprinkle just enough to make my combine windows and header wet. Then I’d sit and wait for it to dry off. Finally, we had sunshine all day today Oct. 16.

We’ll continue to pick corn here. Our forecast is sunny and warm with highs in the 70s. We also have two combines in Kansas cutting milo. We’ve got a long ways to go yet but we’ll keep working the days away harvesting the crops that feed the world.

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

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Picking corn Oct. 10.
A very nice corn crop to harvest.
My combine shadow Oct. 10. I love this time of day.
Harvesting corn late on Oct. 11.
Harvesting late at night on Oct. 11.
It rained anywhere from 0.50 to an 1.80 in the area on Oct. 12.
Picking corn Oct. 14. It was a cloudy and cold day.
I love being in the field.
Harvesting corn Oct. 15.
Harvesting corn Oct. 16.
A Nebraska sunset is always pretty.
So much corn dust. I was on supper break and my dad ran the combine for one round.
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