Better than expected soybean yields along the Missouri River

A Northeast Nebraska farmer says he’s pleasantly surprised by soybean yields this harvest even though drought impacted crops.

Quentin Connealy farmers along the Missouri River, about an hour north of Omaha, and says an additional 12 inches of water during irrigation season helped push yields to about 75 bushels per acre. “Seems like the yield monitor stayed up there and stayed average to good so far on some beans and just tried some corn yesterday. Moisture is hanging up there, but we found a little bit of drier stuff we planted early and lower maturity rate and coming out about 18-18 1/2 percent out of the field.”

He tells Brownfield weed pressure has also had an impact on crop development, especially in his corn crop. “I’ve seen that also on some beans here. So we haven’t done any weedy beans yet, but have seen a lot on the corn too. Seem like dry land corners didn’t quite get big enough to get that canopy going.”

Connealy says he’s been harvesting for about a week, and it’s been a smooth start.

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