Kevin Hurst of Tarkio, Missouri, is a couple of weeks behind in the harvest, but he tells Brownfield Ag News that yields have surprised him.
“Beans are 40-45 bushel per acre,” said Hurst, on Wednesday, after he finished moving a truck to a field where it was needed. “Like I say, we did not have much rain after we got done planting and I wasn’t sure they were going to yield anything, because we were finding lots of single pot beans and stuff, but they are surprisingly good.”
The other pleasant surprise for Hurst is his corn crop.
“The field we’re in now has been above 200 [bushels to the acre] all the way up into the 250s and just keeps piling corn,” he said.
Hurst’s planting was done on time, but that was followed by drought, then by rain, followed again by drought.
“It showed some stress in early June there, but then the roots seem to get down to the subsoil moisture and we had cool temperatures through the summer and we are surprised with the yield,” said Hurst. “It’s been very good.”
Hurst’s average corn yield this year will beat last year’s by about 55 bushels per acre.
He farms in the far northwest corner of Missouri.
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