Nebraska’s corn and soybean harvests are a little behind schedule this fall, according to USDA data.
Roughly a quarter of the corn and almost half the soybeans are out of the fields as for this week.
Nebraska Extension agronomist Roger Elmore says reported yields vary widely.
“Overall, it looks like we’re headed for a pretty average crop. Probably for both corn and soybeans, but there’s a lot of variation,” Elmore tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Some people are reporting yields that are far beyond normal, above normal, and some folks are going to be very disappointed.”
Elmore says their modeling shows this year’s corn crop could be a little smaller than last year’s.
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is predicting record corn and soybean production this year in Nebraska and the nation. That would be a slight increase over the 2015 season.
However, Nebraska Extension plant pathologist Tamara Jackson-Ziems says stalk rot diseases are beginning to pop up.
“We also are beginning to hear, in some areas, there’s some ear rot showing up here and there,” Jackson-Ziems tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We want to make sure that our producers are aware of those, because if they do develop, it will be important to know that prior to harvest and make decisions about storing that grain.”
Reports from around the state show there are no serious concerns about diseases impacting soybeans.
Overall, there should be a high yield.
“It was a pretty good soybean year and that’s due to the amount of sunshine we had this past year,” Jenny Rees, Nebraska Extension educator, tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Dry land yields have been surprisingly good, especially for those areas that didn’t receive the rainfall that other parts of the state received this past year.”
The state’s winter wheat planting is nearly complete with some reports of it already emerging, especially in the Panhandle.