User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


55° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

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.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
UPDATE: Two People Dead In SF Crash

10/17/2014 9:52 PM

Two people are dead after a two vehicle crash on Friday night in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story


Events