A farmer in the Altona/St. Joseph area has wrapped up soybean harvest for the year. Wes Martens admits the crop suffered from the drought this summer.
"We certainly had growth there for an amazing yield, however with a complete lack of rain in many areas those yields were substantially trimmed back to possibly average or a bit better," he said. "I've heard customers talking anywhere from thirty up to just over fifty bushels but thirty-five/forty, those are common numbers."
He added all indications are that the quality of the crop is excellent.
"Before we got some of the rain that interrupted harvest in early September we had some pretty dry samples coming in, some were as low as ten per cent. But now after the rain most of it seemed to be between twelve and fourteen, even some fifteens."
Meantime, Martens said he's hoping to get going on corn harvest this week. According to what he's heard from other farmers in the area, Martens noted that it seems the crop may have weathered the summer drought better than expected, with early reports showing some surprising yields.
"We're looking forward to getting average yields plus. Some of the yields I've heard so far have been quite a bit plus average."