Damp weather slows harvest

Combine sits in a partially harvested soybean field west of Albion.

Harvest was getting into full swing in the Boone County area last week, but rain and damp weather slowed progress early this week.

Most area farmers were getting a good start on soybean harvest, and an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the crop had been harvested in Boone County as of Monday.

Soybeans tested so far have generally been good quality. Dryland soybean yields have averaged in the upper 40s to 50 bushels per acre, with irrigated yields mostly in the 50 to 65-bushels-per-acre range. Moisture was mostly 10 to 14 percent for soybeans harvested last week. Some yields as high as 60 bushels per acre were reported for dryland beans.

Corn silage harvest is now winding down in the area.

Area farmers are just getting started on harvesting high moisture corn. Some irrigated plots have yielded as high as 240 to 290 bushels per acre, but an average yield was not yet available.