Harvest is in full drive for XtremeAg farmers Kevin Matthews, Kelly Garrett, and Matt Miles. It’s the time of yr we study whether or not the merchandise, gear, and procedures of the previous yr are definitely worth the effort. We stay up for sharing this with our XtremeAg members.
Kevin Matthews – East Bend, North Carolina
Kevin and his spouse, Cindy, personal and function Matthews Household Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Administration, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc. in East Bend and Yadkinville.
As corn harvest hits full stride, we just lately upgraded our S680 with the brand new Estes XPR 2 concaves and have been in a position to improve our productiveness by boosting our operating pace by 1.25 mph with none loss. After three years of below-average yields, we just like the numbers we see this yr to date. Sally determined to drop 2 inches of rain proper once we received began, so we used the break to evaluation some small grain crop insurance coverage choices and confirm our gentle pink winter wheat varieties for fall seeding.
Because the climate cooperates, we are going to harvest our Netafim subsurface drip-irrigated Pioneer corn plots this week and look at which varieties and fertility packages carried out finest.
We desiccated our soybeans this yr, one thing now we have hardly ever completed earlier than, and it has allowed us to start bean harvest final Sunday. We’re proud of the standard and yield to date. We get many questions on the desiccation course of from our XtremeAg members and stay up for sharing the outcomes of our trials later this fall.
Kelly Garrett – Arion, Iowa
A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa.
Corn and soybean harvest began final week with the primary discipline of 105-day planted on April 20. Moisture was round 25%, with the dry discipline common operating between 220 to 225. Soybeans harvested had been a 1.7 maturity. They had been within the 67-bushels-per-acre vary with moisture from 11.5% to 13.5%. We really feel that the beans misplaced 5 to 10 bpa as a result of sizzling and dry August climate taking the highest finish off. The soybeans had about 90 pods per plant early on, however after the August warmth, we discovered some beans aborted within the pod.
As a no-till operation, one of many challenges now we have is getting our early beans to come back up by way of the thick layer of residue left behind from the earlier yr’s corn crop. We hope that we could have solved that concern by putting in Yetter Stalk Devastators on our combines. Up to now, we see an actual distinction within the stover left behind, and I consider the cornstalks will break down a lot quicker in consequence.
We’re excited to get into our foliar trial beans and see the distinction in yields. We ran 5 completely different foliar trials this yr on our beans utilizing completely different merchandise and charges of software. There seem like some obvious yield variations. We’ll share the outcomes on XtremeAg.farm later this fall.
The subsurface drip system put in by Nutradrip has had super ROI this yr because the soybeans on the SDI system look to have a couple of 30 bpa yield improve, and corn could have a couple of 100-bushel-per-acre yield improve in contrast with our dryland crops.
Matt Miles – McGehee, Arkansas
Matt is a fourth-generation farmer in southeast Arkansas who grows corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton.
Hurricane Laura got here and went, and we’re nonetheless attempting to select up all of the downed rice that she left in her wake. The excellent news is that the yields look good however selecting it up off the bottom with the mix is a chronic and painful course of.
We have now seen some good harvest climate previously week, and we’re at the moment chopping rice, beans, selecting cotton, and digging out our first ever peanut crop.
Yields are holding up very effectively on what now we have harvested regardless of the moist spring and hurricane. Our long-range forecast seems to be promising, and our harvest machines are operating quick and livid.
The current upturn in markets has made farming enjoyable once more! Good luck to everybody this harvest. Keep secure and God bless!
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