For farmers in the Northwest corner of the state, the soy bean harvest is yielding more than expected.
This summer’s historic drought, which decimated Nodaway County’s mostly harvested corn crop, received just enough rain between mid-August and early September to give soybeans a new lease on life. Soybean plants are able to keep flowering and set new seed pods if the initial blooms are destroyed by dry weather.
Harold Spire, general manager of Consumers Oil, one of two Maryville grain elevator operations, said producers are reporting better-than-expected bean harvest totals of 40 bushels an acre or more. In a normal year, farmers anticipate yields of around 50 bushels.
“The soybean harvest looks good compared to corn,” Spire. “It’s certainly better than we expected. I would say we’re within 70 to 75 percent of normal.”