Yields of later planted soybeans are better than expected

Like many growers in the Midwest, Ohio farmer Roger Tobias says soybean yields have varied from field to field.   

“Yields have kind of been all over depending on where we’re at,” he says. “I’ve seen yield swings of 10-15 bushels just five or six miles north or south of each other, but we’re not that far off from our average.”

But, Tobias says later planted soybeans are doing better than expected.

“Some of the later beans that were planted in July- those are actually some of our best beans believe it or not,” he says.

He says they haven’t started harvesting corn yet, but the crop continues to mature.

“We haven’t had a hard frost,” he says. “I have corn that was planted late and it’s still maturing. That’s something that’s kind of odd because normally we have a killing frost the second week of October and we haven’t had that.”

Tobias farms 3,000 acres in Ashland and neighboring Richland county as well as Madison, Fayette, and Pickaway counties.

Audio: Roger Tobias, Ohio farmer

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