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Iowa and Nebraska farmers report excellent corn yields

Ray Gaesser and Bart Ruth

Southwest Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser, who farms near Corning, says his corn yields this fall were “exceptional”.

But Gaesser says his soybeans were hurt by too much rain early in the season.

“It was just a little bit too wet for us in late May and early June, and we got some diseases in the root systems of our soybeans. So they were kind of average to slightly below average,” Gaesser says.

Bart Ruth, who farms near Rising City in southeast Nebraska, says they had excellent yields on both corn and soybeans.  He says they were more fortunate than some.

“It depends on whether you got the five-inch rains, or the five one-inch rains, whether you had a good crop or not,” Ruth says. “So we’re quite thankful for the season we had—and hopefully everybody looks for a better 2020, because I think most people will be happy to put this year behind them.”

We spoke with Gaesser and Ruth at last week’s NAFB Convention in Kansas City.

AUDIO: Ray Gaesser and Bart Ruth
  • Head line looks like all Iowa and Nebraska farmers had good yields. A Nebraska farmer and an Iowa farmer report excellent yields. You guys are really good at that.

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