According to Dairyland Seed District Sales Manager Keith Rekow, soybean harvest in parts of northern South Dakota has been slow to start. Early yields have been 10-to-15 bushels below expectations. “They’re anywhere in that 25-to-40 bushel per acre range. In the northeast corner by Sisseton, there were some really good beans that were 10 bushels above average. From Brookings to Sioux Falls, there’s also a good crop, but too wet to harvest.” Farmers experienced variable conditions throughout the growing season, leaving crops stressed in certain counties. “In 15 years or so, I haven’t seen Brown County this dry. The bean crop will be tougher than the corn crop.” Rekow adds some farmers have switched over to corn due to unfit conditions for soybean harvest.
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