Larry Edgar manages the Farmers Co-op in Princeton and says despite the conditions, soybeans in his area are looking good.
“You have your shorter season maturities that at this point, those pods are splitting open and there’s some shattering going on,” Edgar says. “For the most part, I’d say a lot of the beans are in fairly decent shape yet.”
Edgar says farmers need to be careful about getting into the fields too soon as the heavy equipment will just sink into the soft ground.
“I’m hoping by the end of the week or the first of next week, that these fields will be firm enough for the combines to roll in the bean fields,” Edgar says. “The earlier they go in there and try to combine beans, it’s just going to complicate and compound problems for later on when they want to do some fall anhydrousing, if the window stays open for that.”
Edgar says warmer temperatures and windy conditions would help dry out the wet fields.
Victor Bohuslavsky, director of the Nebraska Soybean Board, says the snow that fell last weekend was not what farmers wanted to see as it delays the harvest.
“The ground is very saturated in a big part of the soybean-growing region of Nebraska,” Bohuslavsky says, “so it’s going to take some time for that to get rectified.”
In the latest progress report from the USDA, 38% of the soybean crop in Nebraska has been harvested. That’s ahead of the 32% last year at this time but behind the 54% average. The report says 55% of the state’s soybean crop is in good condition with 25% in excellent condition.
(By Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, Beatrice)