Missouri yields vary widely from field to field

A northern Missouri farmer had widely varying yields depending on the severity of drought. Joshlyn Yoder says part of his farm was in an area that was hurt by extreme dry weather midway through the growing season.

“But if you happen to be in that spot that caught that timely little shower of rain it made a big difference,” Yoder told Brownfield Ag News on his farm near Leonard, Missouri. “We had some pretty decent yields on some of our crops and we’ve had some pretty poor yields and they might be within a mile of each other.”

Yoder’s yields reflected the amount and timing of the sparse rain on his land.

“The best [corn] yield we had went right at 200 bushels, but we also had some that went down to 65 bushel,” said Yoder. “There was a really big swing on beans; we’ve cut some beans in the 60s; as I was finishing up I was cutting beans that were making 30 bushels.”

Considering the amount of rain that Yoder received through the summer – almost none from late June to early August – Yoder says his corn yields are about 30 bushels per acre better than he expected.

AUDIO: Joshlyn Yoder (6 min. MP3)

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