Great weather conditions let most of the soybeans in Iowa get harvested in the last month of fall. Only 17% is left in the fields, but there are exceptions. South Central Iowa had a rough season when it came to rain.
Farmer Doug Holliday worked on fields in Adair County, he says while the season may not have gotten off to a good start, harvest has been different, "We've been off to a real good start here, here in the soybean harvest, see we're running 60, just under 60 bushel right now. We had some beans that we planted in April, we've taken all them out. We're now into soybeans that were planted into early June."
Those yields are really good considering how late they were planted, "It's amazing for what they're yielding, for being planted in early June. But I guess when you have 32 inches of rainfall in a year it helps grow a crop."
He says they're about 50% done with beans, which is average for that part of the state.
And the yields are affecting the grain storage, "Some of the elevators are having some logistic problems. They just told me that the one they've been hauling to they're going to fill a temporary storage up with soybeans tomorrow."
Holliday says the rain had him implementing more conservation practices on his farm, Some of these fields we took on so much water this year we had some erosion. We've been fixing, ephemeral gullies in the farms and seeding rye cover crop on them. We've seeded a lot of rye already this year on our prevent plant acres."
However, the good yields may not net as much benefit as farmers hope. Corn and bean prices continue to stay low according to Holliday.
He says, "I have a buddy the other day and he says, 'What a beautiful year, great crops, big bushels, and when we're all said and done I don't know if we're going to make any money. We had a lot of fun but I don't know if we made money.'"