PITTSBURG — Soybeans are reaping the benefit of recent rain showers and corn yields at are at a low from drought conditions.
Beans are actively growing with the cooler temperatures and rain in the area over the past two weeks.
“They have continued vegetation growth and have new pods,” Agronomist Megan Gloshen said. “That’s a good thing because they’ve had a rough start.”
Gloshen said people may have seen farmers out spraying their fields which allowed for less moss in the bean fields.
Beans will be harvest will be determined in October.
When it comes to corn and rain, it’s most likely a little too late, Agriculture Extension agent with the K-State Research Extension Jeri Geren said.
However, more rain and warmer days may help corn which has not been harvested, Gloshen said.
Corn harvest has started and is yielding from 60 to 170 bushels per acre, depending on how farmers managed their fields with pesticides, Gloshen said.
“The yields this year have been fair to marginal,” Geren said. “It’s definitely not great, it’s not like we have seen in the last couple years and it has been spotty throughout area.”
“Some areas didn’t get much rain this summer and a lot of corn was chopped for silage.”
The recent rain is a “blessing” for soybeans and depending on the maturity of the beans, it could double the crop and a “fairly decent” bean yield.
“We’re seeing a lot of beans flowering,” Geren said. “It’s basically a saving grace getting those rains now.”
Although the rain has helped the soybean crop, there are still issues with podworms or corn earworm which can be detrimental to fields, Geren said.
Geren said she encourages farmers to make sure they are scouting for the the podworms or corn earworms.
According to the National Weather Service, rain will continue until Thursday with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high of 85 degrees.
Friday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high of 91 degrees. More rain is expected on Saturday, with a 50 percent chance of of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.
On Sunday it’s forecast to be partly sunny and there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. with a high near 88. Labor Day is forecast to be sunny with a high near 87.
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