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December 11, 2018

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Rain is no friend of soybean harvest

Drier weather needed to finish the harvest

Gary Fleming, with his wife Linda riding shotgun, harvested a soybean field three weeks ago west of the three ONU turbines. (Monty Siekerman photo)

Hardin County Extenstion Educator Mark Badertscher's report on corn and bean crops as of earlier this week: The weather is turning into a foe with regards to the completion of harvest in Hardin County. 

Progress on soybean harvest has been slow over the past couple of weeks with the onset of rain, causing the need for dryer weather to finish the fields that are still out there. 

Some were double cropped beans that needed the extra time anyway to be ready.  Corn harvest has continued until the latest significant rain that has caused fields to become soft. 

We’ll need some dryer days before harvest resumes.  Much of the corn that was harvested so far has come off around 17% moisture with yields anywhere between 120-170 bushels per acre based on what I have been told.  Soybean averages have been near the mid-40s.