Archive for Tuesday, October 6, 1992

S WEATHER CONTRIBUTES TO BOUNTIFUL SOYBEAN HARVEST

October 6, 1992

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Harvest time has can be a time of disappointment if crops don't do as well as expected.

But thanks to a year of good weather, few area farmers should be disappointed this year, said Garry Keeler, agriculture agent with the Douglas County Extension Office.

"The potential is definitely there for a good harvest," Keeler said. "Everyone keeps waiting for something to happen that will ruin it, but that just hasn't happened."

With soybean harvesting in full swing and corn and milo harvesting waiting just around the corner, the wet, cool weather of early summer and the recent dry weather has provided a boon to area farmers.

"It's been a great week for any kind of harvest," Keeler said. "The weather has been dry and warm and that makes harvesting easy."

Keeler said the weather has caused plants to dry out earlier in the day, therefore farmers can start harvesting in the morning, not in the afternoon.

"This year you can go right when the dew is off the grass," Keeler said. "The farmers are cutting a dry crop and this saves money. This is probably one of the better years for soybeans."

Keeler said he's been hearing about yields of as much as 70 bushels per acre of soybeans from Lawrence-area farmers.

"Usually if you get 35 bushels you're doing good," he said. "This is probably one of the better years for soybeans."

Although farmers seem to be concentrating on bringing in the soybeans right now, Keeler said there already has been some harvesting action on the corn and milo fronts.

"The corn is doing great," Keeler said. "I've heard reports for 200 bushels per acre for dryland corn."

Harvesting will continue through October and possibly into early November, depending on the weather.

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