A dry season allows for early harvesting

This combine operator unloads corn on-the-go into a grain cart during this fall’s harvest.

The 2022 fall harvest season is in full swing and farmers are even further along than normal years due to the dry weather we have been experiencing, according to Scott Schremmer, manager of the Sabetha location of Ag Partners Cooperative.

“Farmers have been blessed by a dry harvesting season thus far, allowing them to be ahead of normal years,” Schremmer said.

Currently, corn and soybeans dominate our area of the country for harvesting and due to the weather, yields came in a wide range this year.

“Total volume of grain fell due to dry weather and missed rains at key times for yields. Not to say certain areas did not have above average yields this year – they were very rain timed based,” Schremmer said. “Corn ranged from 130 to 200 bushels per acre, with a general average of 170. Beans ranged from 11-15 to 60

This combine operator works through the afternoon on Monday, October 17, to get the beans harvested.

bushels per acre, but on the whole, beans ranged from the high 30s to low 40s.”

This year, the test weights for corn averaged 60.2 pounds and beans averaged 57.5 pounds.

Schremmer said that the moisture levels in corn and soybeans “struggled to stay high for a long time before the bottom dropped out and they fell severely.”

With the first load of grain coming in on Sept. 12, he believes that harvest should be complete before the end of October.

“Outside of a few stragglers and some very late planted corn, harvest should be wrapped up before the end of the month for the majority of the farmers,” Schremmer said.

Julie Shafer59 Posts

Julie Shafer is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2021. Julie lives in Morrill with her husband and three of her five children.

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