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·         Lack of propane slows corn harvest even more

·         Harvest stays on track thanks to tracks

·         Ferrie: Soybean Yields Are All Over The Board



Lack of propane slows corn harvest even more


By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield 

November 5, 2019


Farmers across the Midwest are losing precious time waiting for propane so they can resume harvesting corn.


Southeast Minnesota farmer Brennen Toquam says he’s fortunate because their farm is close enough to town to tap into a natural gas pipeline.


“That’s been pretty nice, but I have heard horror stories. I’ve heard about a guy who was told he couldn’t get any more propane for two weeks, and other guys being on 40 percent allocations and whatnot. So it’s definitely going to be a problem this year.”


The Blooming Prairie corn and soybean producer tells Brownfield the issue isn’t supply, it’s location.


“From everything I read, it sounds like we’ve got enough propane in the country, it’s just not in the right spot. I’ve heard of loads coming out of Kansas, Illinois, even Baudette, Minnesota (and) guys going up there to get it...


more, including audio [11:16 min.]



Harvest stays on track thanks to tracks


By Larry Lee, Brownfield 

November 5, 2019


A South Dakota farmer is able to continue harvesting after investing in tracks for his combine.  Louis Nigg is 20 miles from North Dakota and 4 miles from Minnesota and has been dealing with a lot of rain and wet ground. He says, “We started harvesting beans with the wheels on, and did some work for the neighbors and got stuck a few times, and then we got rained out again, and I thought hey, I might try and find some tracks.”


Nigg tells Brownfield he was running 520-42 duals on his John Deere 680 combine with a 40-foot draper head, so he was already concerned about approaching the tire limits and leaving some ruts or getting stuck, so he placed the order. “In the back of your mind, you’re always thinking, ‘Can I make it?’ You know, you’re always kind of stressed out a little wondering if you’re going to make it through that spot, and, ‘Should I turn around?’ Now you put the tracks on, it’s kind of like going on vacation. You see water and you really don’t care if it’s two-foot deep or two inches deep, you drive straight through it.”


Nigg farms...





Ferrie: Soybean Yields Are All Over The Board


by Rhonda Brooks, AgWeb

Nov 05, 2019


Soybean yields are coming in at highs in the 90s-per-acre to half that number and everywhere in-between this week, reports Ken Ferrie.


Yields on the higher side of the spectrum are from beans planted between April and the first week of May. “These are beans that, depending on their maturity, had a chance to flower before the solstice,” reports Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist and owner of Crop-Tech, Inc., near Heyworth, Ill.


Of course, poor weather conditions limited the number of acres that were planted during that time frame.


Soybeans planted between early May and mid-May are yielding from the mid-50s to the mid-70s. Yields from beans planted after mid-May are lower still.


Stress during both the vegetative and reproductive periods is a key contributor to the yield outcomes.


In the following Boots In The Field podcast, Ferrie discusses the kinds of stress that affected bean yields this season and the timing...


more, including audio [14:32 min.]