Feature

Soybean harvest moving quickly

With soybean harvest in full swing, trucks were lining up to dump their loads at Cargill in Albion. This overhead view was taken by Colin Koeppen from his para-plane last Thursday, Sept. 24.
Soybean harvest advanced quickly in the Boone County area during the past week as dry field conditions continued.
The soybean harvest was estimated at 60 to 70 percent complete in the area, with mainly irrigated fields yet to be harvested.
Yield averages were estimated at 50 bushels per acre for dryland and as high as 70 to 75 bushels per acre for irrigated beans.
Long term forecasts indicate the dry weather will continue into next week, and the soybean harvest was expected to be mostly complete by the weekend. The Albion area received only 1.36 inches of rain in the first 28 days of September.
Corn harvest is also underway in the Boone County area, but only about 30 percent of dryland corn and very little irrigated corn had been taken out as of Monday.
Crop consultants said corn has been slow to dry down, adding that a killing frost is needed to dry the crop further in the field.
Complete story in the Sept. 30 Albion News print and e-editions.