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Farmers Continue Lowering Yield Expectations

July 24, 2012, 4:59 PM by David Brown

Farmers Continue Lowering Yield Expectations
MARION, SD -

Dry conditions continue to negatively impact farmers across KELOLAND. A couple of weeks ago, we showed you the dire situation of the corn crop in Turner County. And it's not getting any better.

"This just did not pollinate," Eric Schmitz with Western Plain Seeds Company said.

The corn in Marion may have parts of that familiar yellow exterior, but things aren't so sunny for the overall crop.

"We had hopes to still have 70-80 percent yield potential," Schmitz said. "And now, it's probably down to around 30 percent potential."

The month of July hasn't provided independence from the sun, the heat or the wind.

"Conditions have really deteriorated in the past two weeks with the high heat," Schmitz said. "It's just been the worst case: no rain, high heat.  It's been everything against the corn crop."

Bruce Hagen: "I hope for about 50 bushel to the acre."
David Brown: "And what's a normal year?"
Hagen: "A normal year is 150."

Farmers are expecting the worst for their corn, but there's still some hope left for the soybeans.

"Soybeans will make it if we get a rain in the next four to five days," Lennox farmer Bruce Hagen said.

"Right now, at an average, we're probably going to lose three percent yield a day on the soybeans as we don't get rain," Schmitz said.

But whether it's corn or soybeans, these farmers need help from Mother Nature before Father Time catches up.

"We're running empty right now," Schmitz said. "We need a lot of rain to try and avoid this situation next summer."

"A farmer's an optimist," Hagen said. "They always bet on next year."

Crop insurance is going to play a huge role down the line. Schmitz says those with insurance should be okay despite the conditions, but commodity prices for corn need to remain high. If the demand goes down, the price could subsequently drop, meaning farmers won't recoup as much.

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