The 2016 growing season presented many different challenges with some disappointments and some rewards. Corn plantings got off to an early start in mid-April with a short widow of planting before wet weather delayed planting. Several more small windows of planting developed with planting finally finishing up in early June. There were a lot of acres that ended up being replanted — and some late-planted acres that should have been replanted, but time ran out to get those done.

Above normal daytime and nighttime temperatures affected the crop with pollination and also kernel depth. Summer rains brought in rust, which made the crop die off prematurely, reducing grain fill. Final yield results were all over the lard with the early planted corn performing the best with normal yields and the later corn with below average yields with overall averages being below normal.

The soybean crop was planted more timely than the corn crop and got off to a good start. Foliar disease and insects were minimal, helping the crop to perform well. Late-summer rains were beneficial in helping with pod set and pod fill, which resulted in yields that were much above average with producers seeing yields they have not seen before.

The wheat crop had good yields, and quality this year that hasn’t been seen the last several years. Double-crop beans were planted early behind wheat and got off to a good start and performed with yields almost as good as the full-season beans.

I would like to thank readers for comments and information in writing articles this past season. Everyone be safe until next season.

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