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Beans on the 'light' side, corn looks beautiful PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:25 AM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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Farmers were rolling in the fields again this week after giving crops a chance to dry out a little from the last rain.

Many in the area are done with soybean harvest and starting on corn. Beans were reported a little disappointing but the corn, despite the drop in price, is putting a smile on farmers’ faces.

“The corn has been beautiful quality, the moisture’s good at 18-20 and they’re seeing 200 bushels per acre,” United Equity General Manager Jackie Seibert said. “We are down from $7.88 last year to $4.03. Some will probably store it to see if the price comes back up.”

John Maag at Jennings-Gomer Equity location in Fort Jennings said it was a little early for him to comment on corn but he expected a good crop and to also see 200-plus bushels per acre.

“A good crop can make up for a price drop,” he said. “For the most part, the typical farmer is really happy when he’s getting the bushels per acre he wants.”

Jennings-Gomer Equity GM Gary Kruse said the Gomer area was looking for the same.

According to Seibert, August was a little too dry for beans.

“Beans are a little lighter at test weight than we like,” she said. “They were starved for moisture in August when the plant produces the bean. The harvest is varying greatly. Farmers have had anywhere between the mid-40s to the low 70s in bushels per acre.”

Maag said he and his farmers did OK on beans.

“We’re about 85-90 percent done with beans and for the most part, they’re a little better than expected,” Maag said. “We did have a dry August but most are pleased. We’re seeing 45-65 bushels per acre, depending on the type of ground, and somebody may have caught a shower someone else didn’t.”

“Overall, farmers are pleased,” Kruse added. “They’ve had worse years. “

Seibert said harvest is a good time for farmers. It is, after all, about the end result.

“They stuck these seeds in the ground in April or May and now they can see how they did,” she concluded.

 

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