Nearly all the soybean harvest is in, according to Nebraska Soybean Board Executive Director Victor Bohuslavsky.
“Ground conditions, with the late rains that we had, weren’t permitting a lot of the equipment to be running out there and so that’s why some of the operations are still at it,” Bohuslavsky tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Bohuslvasky estimates the soybean harvest is 90% complete. He says fall rains pushed back the harvest, keeping farmers out of the fields until late October. Bohuslavsky says yields are all over the place, anywhere from 40 to 80 bushels per acre. He says the best yields are coming in from south-central and central Nebraska.
Rain also delayed the corn harvest. Farmers need another seven to 10 days to get the corn out of the field, according to Nebraska Corn Growers Association Executive Director Kelly Brunkhorst.
Bunkhorst says the harvest season looked positive until the rain set in, delaying a harvest which normally would have been wrapped up by Halloween.
Another weather factor affected the crop, though.
Bunkhorst says the extremely strong winds which hit the state a number of times at the beginning of fall damaged some of the corn crop.
“Yeah, yeah, and it’s caused a range of issues,” Bunkhorst tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We had some stock quality issues and had some stock that fell over, could have been some ears just dropping out of the shank.”
Bunkhorst says high winds dropped yields in some fields by five to 10 bushels per acre. It severely damaged a few fields, leaving as much as 100 bushels per acre on the ground.
Still, farmers are reporting some good yields. Bunkhorst says irrigated ground in Nebraska boasted yields of 230-to-240 bushels per acre.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]