Before the span of wet weather, farmers were able to harvest some of the early soybeans. Based in West Fargo, North Dakota, Dekalb Asgrow technical agronomist Eric Nelson still has a lot of optimism about this year’s crop. “Once the rain turned on at the tail end of August, it really did slow down maturity. I think we were able to put a lot more bushels on and add some seed size,” says Nelson. “In some cases, there are 20 extra bushels out there growers didn’t necessarily deserve, based on the conditions we were given in July and August.” Given the cool and wet start to October, the corn hasn’t dried down as quick as expected. Harvest management will be a priority with increasing stalk integrity concerns. “Fields that had the most stress may have to be picked at higher moisture than we want.”
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