Soybean harvest steady
The weather continues to cooperate as harvest makes a steady pace across the country. In the reports below, the managers of F.I.R.S.T. (Farmer's Independent Research of Seed Technologies) provide a weekly snapshot of how corn and soybeans are yielding. These managers conduct on-farm research trials from farms just like yours. Take a look at their area's summaries and then click on the reports in blue to see exact harvest information from on-farm tests. To view maps of the regions these harvest reports cover, click on the links below.
Illinois North, North Central Tri-States and Wisconsin South
This was fifth-year corn at the Malta, IL, site. The stands were excellent and the yield test average was 195.8 bu./acre on the early season site and 209.8 bu./acre on the full-season site. Rainfall was good the entire growing season here, and stalk quality was near perfect.
Malta, IL - Early Season Test 
Malta, IL - Full-Season Test 
By harvest on Sept. 27, stalk rot was becoming a concern at the Milledgeville, IL, site. This site averaged 199.3 bu./acre on the early season test and 216.3 bu./acre on the full-season test. Several hybrids showed signs of gray leaf spot.
Milledgeville, IL - Early Season Test 
Milledgeville, IL - Full-Season Test 
Early planting and the combination of early season rains produced a superior stand at the Watertown, WI, location. Average yield was 175.7 bu./acre on the early season test and 159.7 bu./acre on the full-season test.
Watertown, WI - Early Season Test 
Watertown, WI - Full-Season Test 
Illinois West Central
The Galva, IL, yield test average was 212.5 bu./acre on the early season site and 214.7 bu./acre on the full-season site. Root lodging due to a late-August wind-storm was evident at the field, as was some stalk rot.
Galva, IL - Early Season Test 
Galva, IL - Full-Season Test 
With timely rainfall during the summer, the Macomb, IL, site produced an excellent average yield of 213.4 bu./acre on the early season site and 219.8 bu./acre on the full-season site. The harvested grain displayed superb kernel depth and good ear development. A site was also planted at the Macomb, IL, location to test hybrids that are not genetically resistant to rootworm beetles. Average yields there were 221.7 bu./acre.
Macomb, IL - Early Season Test 
Macomb, IL - Full-Season Test 
Macomb, IL - CRW Susceptible Test 
Despite minimal rainfall at the Clayton, IL, site, average yield was a surprisingly good 209 bu./acre on the early season test and 215.7 bu./acre on the full-season test.
Clayton, IL - Early Season Test 
Clayton, IL - Full-Season Test 
Indiana North, Indiana Central and Ohio West Central
The Wolcott, IN, plot had timely rains to make a great final stand. Some stalk rot was present, but average yield was 224.8 bu./acre for the early season test and 233.9 bu./acre for the full-season test.
Wolcott, IN - Early Season Test 
Wolcott, IN - Full-Season Test 
The Perrysville, IN, plot had less than 6 in. of rain all growing season, with the bulk of the rain coming in August. Some stalk rot was present, but overall this was a good final stand. Average yield was 199.4 bu./acre for the early season test and 192.8 bu./acre for the full-season test.
Perrysville, IN - Early Season Test 
Perrysville, IN - Full-Season Test 
Dry weather during the growing season plagued the Washington Court House, OH, plot. Emergence was reduced because the soil dried out before the seed could germinate. Average yield was 194.5 bu./acre for the all-season test.
Washington Court House, OH - All-Season Test 
Iowa North Central
The Iowa Falls, IA, plot experienced great growing conditions throughout the season. The high yields were indicative of a season with minimal stress, and the harvest moistures illustrated a notable difference between the early and full-season tests. The full-season test had an average yield of 209.2 bu./acre. The early season test averaged 224.9 bu./acre.
Iowa Falls, IA - Early Season Test 
Iowa Falls, IA - Full-Season Test 
The Fairbank, IA, field was a corn-on-corn site that got established fairly well. However, there were problems with harvesting, and the plot data was deemed unacceptable. Thus, there are no yield reports for this location.
Iowa North and Iowa North Central
Good August rains helped finish out the Galva, IA, field. Plant heights ranged from 30- to 48 in. tall, and all varieties were standing well. Average yield was 64.3 bu./acre.
Galva, IA - Soybeans 
The average yield of 62.2 bu./acre was considered fairly good at the LeHigh, IA, field. Overall, there was minimal disease pressure at this location, and all of the beans were standing well.
LeHigh, IA - Soybeans 
The Iowa Falls, IA, field had a yield of 56.4 bu./acre. Most varieties struggled for moisture early in the season at this location, but August rains helped with the final yield. There was no evidence of disease pressure at the site.
Iowa Falls, IA - Soybeans 
Dry weather during the season put the beans at the Emmetsburg, IA, field under a lot of stress. Average yield was only 47.1 bu./acre. These soybeans were relatively short, with many reaching only 24 in.
Emmetsburg, IA - Soybeans 
Average yield was 65.8 bu./acre at the Floyd, IA, site, thanks to some extra moisture in August. At harvest beans were relatively short, and no lodging or disease pressure was observed.
Floyd, IA - Soybeans 
The 67-bu./acre average yield was a pleasing result at the New Hampton, IA, site. All varieties were standing perfectly, and good amounts of rainfall during the growing season helped make this crop strong.
New Hampton, IA - Soybeans 
Rainfall at the Manchester, IA, field was limited at times, but the average yield was a respectable 57.3 bu./acre. Most of the varieties at this location still had green stems at harvest on Sept. 30.
Manchester, IA - Soybeans 
All varieties were standing and no disease pressure was noted at the Algona, IA, site at harvest on Sept. 28. August rains helped boost the average yield to 67.5 bu./acre.
Algona, IA - Soybeans 
Minnesota South Central
At Wabasso, MN, growing conditions were good up to July, when the weather turned hot and dry. Nice rain in August helped yields. The plot yielded an average 48.4 bu./acre.
Wabasso, MN - Soybeans 
Hot and windy weather following planting caused uneven emergence at the Montevideo, MN, plot. Timely rain during the rest of the season helped produce good final stands. The average yield was 49.6 bu./acre.
Montevideo, MN - Soybeans 
Overall, the Kasson, MN, plot had good growing conditions most of the season. Favorable weather and plenty of moisture in August and September helped with regrowth and additional pod set. The final average yield was 64.9 bu./acre.
Kasson, MN - Soybeans 
At New Richland, MN, early growth and stands were good, despite dry conditions. Timely rains in late summer helped boost yields. Standability at harvest on Oct. 2 was very good. Average yield was 58.1 bu./acre.
New Richland, MN - Soybeans 
Wet weather delayed planting until May 19 at the Jeffers, MN, site. Conditions the remainder of the summer were favorable. The field was sprayed to control aphids. Average yield was 49.7 bu./acre.
Jeffers, MN - Soybeans 
Soybean harvest steady