The late summer rains may be a saving grace for local soybean crops, according to Wildcat Agricultural Agent Jeri Geren, however they came too late to make a difference for the corn crop.
“The rainfall was really spotty this year,” Geren said. “Some fields received more than others so some produced decently but for most not so much.”
Geren said there has been a small amount of aflatoxin found in the corn, but the amounts were small, and not likely to cause a problem with silage.
According to the Girard Producers Cooperative, about 60 percent of the wheat crop has been harvested with an average moisture content of 14.9. The average test weight is 56.75.
A Producers representative said, that while yields are better than expected, they don’t have numbers yet.
While they agree with Geren that there have been some aflatoxin spotted it has been “very isolated” and not a big concern at their location.
The soybeans though are doing well, and may be the difference for many area farmers.
“Soybeans really benefited from the late season rainfall,” Geren said. “Beans go into the field following the corn and wheat so it caught the rain at the right time.”
She said that farmers are not dwelling on the struggles of other crops and are moving forward with the beans.
“Beans are the saving crop this year,” Geren said. “Farmers have put the wheat and corn crops behind them, it's a yearly gamble and this year the beans are what are making the difference.”
According to the National Weather Service’s website the rain chances will continue throughout this week, with warm weather until Friday when a small cold front will move through mildly dropping temperatures.