Signs point to earlier harvest

Local farmer Steve Johnson wraps up silage harvest in a field northwest of Albion last week.Area farmers can expect an earlier and dryer harvest season than they had last year.

The crops are maturing much sooner this year than in 2009 and should dry down well in the field.

Overall, corn yields are expected to be lower than last year, but still very good. Soybeans have excellent potential, but the yields may have been hurt some by the hot and dry weather in August.

Those are just some of the views reflected in a spot check with crop scouts and agronomists in the Albion area on Monday.

Nearly all of the area corn crop had reached the black layer stage by last week, and some short season dryland varieties were already testing in the range of 15 to 18 percent moisture early this week.

More details in the Sept. 15 Albion News Print and Electronic Editions.

“Silage harvest is mostly wrapped up, and high moisture corn is coming out,” said one crop consultant. “We could see some soybeans harvested by next week if the weather stays warm and dry.”

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