Many farmers in the Poweshiek County area shall finish the 2012 harvest this week. Soybean harvest has been finished for a week and a half for several farmers, and longer for others. The soybeans performed well in our area given the August rains we received. Several farm average yields ended up in the upper 50s and low 60s. It seemed making an insecticide and fungicide application in late July or early August, coupled with the August rains, allowed the soybeans to remain healthy and fill pods without much stress. On average, many have seen a 4 to 6 bushel per acre increase when applying an insecticide and fungicide together, versus separately. There seems to be an unknown synergistic chemistry between them when applied together. With current cash soybean prices near $15.00 per bushel, many see the payback offset the initial cost of this investment and plan to make this insecticide and fungicide application for the 2013 crop year.
Corn harvest has been going smoothly for most as moisture levels have remained between 16 and 18 percent, with average testweights in the 58 to 60 pound range. It seems the later planted corn (May 9-11) is performing better than we had anticipated when compared to the corn planted in April (April 23-27). The August rains, once again, is helping this corn as it was not under stress during the pollination and ear fill periods. Several later planted fields have been yielding 170 to 180 bushels per acre. Despite the several challenges corn faced during the growing season, many farmers feel blessed with their farm average yields ranging between 155 and 165 bushels per acre.
Farmers are now gearing up to begin preparation for the 2013 crop year. Tillage, dry fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia applications, are a few of the “hot items” being discussed. One thing is apparent; many of us plan to give more credit to the 2012 crop season for the things that worked and didn’t work considering the drought and other variables experienced and the overall performance of the crops.
Stay tuned for more updates as we approach the end of the 2012 harvest and begin preparation for the 2013 crop year.
From the desk of Matt Mann, Accredited Farm Manager with Iowa Land Sales, LLC and local farmer near Montezuma, Iowa