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2011 soybean yields averaged upper 50 bu./acre in northwest Ohio


Last week was the first full week we have had of uninterrupted harvest. The only rain we had was 2/10 inch during one evening. Hopper wagons and grain trucks ran continuously up and down the roads. I am hearing stories about combines that were stuck in the mud from the 5 inches of rain we had in the previous two weeks. They were pulled out and the farmers just went to another field and kept harvesting. There will be lots of ruts in the fields and end rows that will have to be chiseled out. The soybean harvest is now 90% complete and the corn harvest is 60% complete in northwest Ohio. My soybean harvest is finished. My yields averaged in the upper 50s, which pleased me. I didn't take any yield checks on my corn so I won't be able to determine my yield until harvest is over. All in all things are turning out much better than we could have ever hoped. In some ways the rains that we have had that kept us out of the fields have been helpful. The corn we planted in the second week of June has had plenty of time to dry down and is around 23% moisture. My new Brock dryer measures moisture both coming in and leaving. We programmed it for a target moisture of 15% and it automatically dumps the dry grain within a couple tenths of that.

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