Melanie Musselman

After about a month into fall harvest 2021, area farmers and elevator staff continue to work day and night bringing in the corn, soybeans and grain sorghum or milo. The minimal weekend rains were welcomed and didn’t really keep farmers out of the harvest fields for too long.

At Central Valley Ag in Clay Center, Manager Walt Reichert reported that until Sunday when the spotty rains stopped a few producers, harvest progress had been steady. Corn harvest started at CVA, the first full week of September, right after Labor Day. Based on historical projections, Reichert estimates that area producers are a little more than half done with corn harvest. Yields are coming in from 120 to 160 bushels per acre with a high of 175. According to Reichert, soybean harvest is at a higher pace than corn around the Clay Center area with it being 60 to 65% complete. Soybeans are yielding anywhere from 30 to 65 bushels per acre, depending on location and if timely rains were received during the growing season. Grain sorghum is just starting to trickle in and Reichert said he had one customer indicate a yield of 120 bushels per acre. Reichert believes there is some good-yielding milo in the area. The next significant weather event this week is forecasting heavy rains so he hopes farmers are able to get more grain out of the field before it hits. Reichert said this is the fifth week of harvest working seven days a week and he predicts harvest will continue for three to four more weeks. Overall, the quality of the fall crops has been high. He hasn’t seen much damage to the grain due to the excessive heat and drought we experienced in August. Reichert said some farmers are even getting optimistic about planting wheat with the moisture we have received and the potential for more to come.