According to Leah Johnson of Red River Marketing Company, the soybean harvest is nearly complete in the Elbow Lake, Minnesota area. With the dry conditions, yields were still a pleasant surprise. For corn, yields range from sub-100 bushels to 220 bushels per acre. Johnson says the timeliness of rains during the pre-polllination phase was the biggest factor. “Water is essential and we need it.” This dry conditions were an anomaly and shouldn’t have a major influence on cropping decisions for next year. “There’s always something to learn, but do I think we should have a knee-jerk reaction to our farming practices? Probably, not; historically, we get seven-to-14 inches of rain in June and we got close to zero this year so it is hard for me to change a lot of our farming practices in a year like this.”
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