Agronomy Blog

Plains East Crop Progress

by Leonard Luebker | Oct 1, 2017

Harvest has begun in the Plains East Region. 

Corn Harvest:  In the areas of Southeast Nebraska and Northeast Kansas, where corn planting was in the range of April 10th to April 30th, the corn moisture's are in the 15 to 17% range.  As was expected, yields are variable within a given field with levels in the low 100’s, to upper levels in the 230 bu. range.  When complete field averages are considered, the range seems to be falling in the 150 bu to 210 bu.  At this point, it is coming down to the date of planting, rainfall during the summer, and how the specific hybrids handled the heat spell in mid to late July. The cooler August with good rains, helped considerably on the kernel depth and test weights. It is quite a range in yields, but the way the season progressed from planting to harvest, one could see that yield variability was to be expected.

For the rest of the region, (East central, Northeast Nebraska and into South Dakota) the corn moisture's are wetter, so the focus now is soybean harvest.  With the corn harvest coming soon, fields should be scouted for stalk rots. If stalk rots are found, priority should be given to harvesting those first.  With the cold wet early growing season, followed by a hot July, stalk rots are being found in varying degrees in fields.

In the fuller season hybrids, LG5643, LG5700, and LG5650 are leading the way.  All three are coming in with high yields across the growing environments. 

Soybean Harvest:  Soybean harvest started this past week for a lot of the region.  Yields have been good to this point, giving an indication that yields overall will be good to very good.  There will be a few areas with excellent soybeans, those yields, will be where the right maturity matched the growing season environment for this year.  To this point in harvest, soybean yields have been in the 55 to 70 bushel range.  

As the harvest season progresses, be sure to stay in contact with your LG Seeds District Sales Manager for the most up to date yields, by hybrid, and variety.  Most of all, BE SAFE WHEN HARVESTING.