Moisture in the air may have delayed soybean harvest in Crawford County, but it is still nearly half done.
Wildcat Extension Agent Josh Coltrain said harvest is just under 50 percent complete. He said higher-than-normal temperatures the past few weeks could have sped up maturity slightly, but soybeans were not greatly impacted.
“The greatest impact we’ve seen as far as weather is moisture,” Coltrain said. “Heavy fogs and moisture in the air get pulled right in by beans and can cause delays in harvest.”
Coltrain said yields have been reported around 50 to 60 bushels per acre. He said the yield this year is very good, but some farmers seem to be disappointed.
“I think a lot of people thought yield was going to be astronomical,” Coltrain said. “And it was just very good.”
Protein levels are expected to be good, according to Coltrain, but he said he hasn’t seen any official numbers yet.
Producer’s Cooperative in Girard reported it has not gathered official numbers yet either. With moisture levels recently lowering, beans are now starting to roll in again, according to Producer’s.
As the week moves forward, temperatures will fall from above average levels according to the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri.
“We have a cold front moving through late Wednesday,” Meteorologist Steve Lindenburg said. “We will see more seasonal weather behind the front with highs back into the 60s.”
The cold front may also bring back some moisture.
“With the front we are looking at a good chance of thunderstorms Wednesday night,” Lindenburg said. “Storms should be clearing out for the week by Thursday morning.”
Cash bids for soybeans as of end of day Tuesday:
Producer’s Co-op, Girard: $8.99
Farmer’s Co-op, Columbus: $8.94
Scoular Company, Pittsburg: $9.03
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.