In spite of hardships, farmers are doing “better than expected,” said Jeff Nagel, an agronomist at Ceres Solutions.
“As far as progress, things are going pretty good depending on planting date,” he said. “For some of our areas soybeans are wrapping up, other areas are 75% to 85% done.
“Corn is variable. Some areas are highly advanced, and a few areas are really just getting started. There are pockets that are half done and some that are less than halfway done.”
Yields also have varied, with some farmers seeing good yields and others being disappointed.
“On average, for corn and soybeans yields may be 10% to 15% below the normal average,” Nagel said. “But there are exceptions both ways.”
Warm and dry weather would be ideal to finish out harvest.
Unfortunately, it looks like it could be the opposite, Nagel said.
“I think the biggest lesson is that you have to deal with whatever the conditions are,” he said. “I think a lot of growers planted into less than optimum seed beds. On a normal year we’d say don’t do that, but we were pressed for time.
“To see the yields we have based on the planting conditions is pretty amazing.
“Every year, it’s the same — you plant when you can plant in the best conditions you can and then manage the potential of that crop going forward.”
Having a fall herbicide program is important in order to manage weeds next year, according to Nagel.
“We are getting some windows to get applications made to get ahead of weed control issues,” he said, “particularly, marestail.”
“There are also a lot of decisions on soybean trait platforms and seed selections being made,” he said. “Our position has been, no matter the platform, if you can get that fall herbicide on to control marestail, it makes the spring much more manageable for weed control.”
Nagel encouraged farmers to take their time while finishing up harvest.
“Be safe out there and don’t get in a big hurry where accidents can happen,” he said. “Take it a day at a time. That’s all you can do.”