Extension Crop & Field Reports

Extension Crop & Field Reports October 10, 2017

John Wilson, Extension Educator in Burt County: Conditions here are wet. We got 2.5 inches of precipitation last week and another 0.5 inch Tuesday. Harvest is at a standstill with less than 10% of the corn and soybeans having been harvested. Alfalfa and pastures look great.

Nathan Mueller, Exension Educator for Dodge and Washington Counties: Even less has been harvested here: 5% of soybeans and 1%-2% of corn. Last year at this time 20% of beans and 10% of corn had been harvested. Early soybean yields were high -- 60-70 bu/ac. Farmers are already talking about compaction problems from harvesting when fields were too wet, but harvest is too far behind for them to wait for soils to dry out.

Wayne Ohnesorg, Extension Educator in Madison County:We’ve had over 5.5 inches of rain in Norfolk in the last week. Virtually no corn grain has been taken out in my area. Bean harvest is at about 1% and we haven’t seen any shattering yet. Alfalfa and pastures look good. 

Keith Jarvi, Extension Educator for Dixon, Wayne, Cedar and Knox Counties: We’ve gotten a lot of rain the last couple of weeks and only about 1% of our beans are out. Some have cut corn silage, but most everything is still in the field as growers wait for some dry weather.

Tyler Williams, Extension Educator in Lancaster County: Some corn has been harvested, but very few soybeans. People have been generally pleased with yields as we didn’t really hit a dry period here. Wet areas of fields may linger for a while.

Steve Melvin, Extension Educator in Hamilton County: Conditions here are wet but growers had some dry periods to get corn silage and 10-20% of the soybeans out. Growers are getting a little nervous about harvest and will be rolling hard and fast if we get some good weather. Wheat planting has been delayed for some waiting to get their beans out. It’s going to be a difficult harvest–hard on equipment and slow. Some low areas in the middle of a field may lead to compaction or ruts. Reported soybean yields from the early harvests before rain set in were amazing. Seed corn harvest is progressing well.

Todd Whitney, Extension Educator in Phelps County: With drier conditions growers were able to return to corn harvest yesterday. About half of the soybeans are out and growers are reporting good yields, although there’s been some shattering. About a third of wheat growers got their wheat in before the rain and it’s up about 3-4 inches, looks good, and they are very optimistic. The remainder are hoping to get their wheat seed this week. We’re seeing some abnormal corn ears.

Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator in Cheyenne County: We are getting over some pretty cold temperatures here with it dropping to 30 °F this morning. We got 3 inches of heavy wet snow Monday morning. Anyone who had their wheat planted is in good shape, but others will need to wait for conditions to dry out. Some had cut their pearl millet and it’s in windrows but now they’re waiting for soils to dry to finish harvesting the millet and planting their wheat.

Strahinja Stepanovic, Extension Educator in Perkins, Chase, and Dundy Counties: From mid-August to mid-September we received 0-0.20 inch of rain. People were afraid to plant at the optimal planting date for wheat as there was so little moisture and then when rains were predicted, they tried to get in as much as possible. Those early planted wheat fields look great now. Some growers were planning to plant later to avoid wheat streak mosaic and now, given the wetter conditions, may have to push back planting even further. Some corn isn’t at black layer yet.

Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator in Nemaha County: Much needed rain brought harvest to a halt in southeast Nebraska. Crop yields in general are probably better than expected overall, but quite variable. There are some excellent dryland corn yields around 200 bu/ac and soybean yields at 60-70 bu/ac.