Farmer Curt Sindergard of Rolfe, Iowa, in the northwest part of the state, only received about half of his normal rainfall this year.
And while there was a lot of variability in the crops this fall, Sindergard is generally pleased with his corn and soybean yields.
“We had farms that were topping 200 to 225 for dry yields on corn—and 60 to 62 on beans,” Sindergard says. “But then we had other farms that were going maybe 135 on corn—especially corn-on-corn in really dry pockets—and beans as low as 35 to 40.”
Sindergard says their fields received from 11 to 15 inches of rain this year, compared to 23 to 25 on average. But he says the rains were timely which made a big difference in the final results.