Harvest 2014 is fully in motion, and in one of the last weeks in September, central Iowa farmer Roger Van Ersvelde was beginning the month-long task of getting his soybeans and corn out of his fields, after a cool, wet season delayed crop maturity.
He says, "We're just getting started on the beans, so we're kind of just sticking our nose in there and getting a feel for what the yield's going to be, what the moisture's going to be, so as of so far today, it looks like we're going to be in pretty good shape. It's a good start; moisture's sitting at 13 percent, so couldn't ask for it any better than it is right now today, so we want to keep rolling."
Beans are in a good spot at 13 percent moisture, Van Ersvelde says a good, warm forecast has him hoping for better drying conditions.
"I think we're going to have to dry more. We were basically ten days, two weeks late in our planting window this spring, and the fact that we've had a cool year; summer - has played into it a little bit, that it's not going to be as dry as we'd like to. He says, "But the weather forecast for the next week looks pretty positive, that we could see some significant dry-down in the field, which is going to be very good for us."
Van Ersvelde does a lot of no-till on his farm, he says it's important to think ahead when considering conservation.
He says, "As soon as we get this bean harvest done in places where we're going to put a cover crop on, why, we're going to get in there right away and get that seed on the ground so it gets a chance to get up and get out and get us a cover so we can control erosion and contain some of that nitrogen that's in the ground, so it doesn't get away from us."
Harvest will take about a month in total: ten days on bean, and then corn harvest is very dependent on weather.