We’ve been harvesting for two weeks now, and we’ve just finished all our dryland acres. It turned out okay; we saw 160 on some fields and around 130, 140 on others, which is okay. We’ve definitely done better, but we’ve also done a lot worse. I think it was more a compaction issue than anything. The field we harvested is our heaviest dirt; it’s a clay soil. This field last year didn’t even do that great. But the early May rains on that ground hurt our yields worse than we thought. It’s not a disaster, but it sure could have been a lot better.
Compared to Last Year
Last year was one of the best years we’ve ever had. This year is a 10-year average from what we’ve been used to the last two years. But we’re also just into our earliest planted corn, which was hurt most by the cold and wet in May. The next corn that was planted was three weeks after that, and it looks a lot better.
Now, we’re getting to our irrigated corn and working on that next, and we’re ramping up soybeans. They’re full-season beans that we got in early, and they look good. The bean crop actually looks good everywhere. And I have to say, my bean crop at home, cosmetically at least looks to be the best bean crop I’ve ever had. We won’t know for sure until the combine rolls, but it looks good.
Analyzing the Liquid P&K Program
We haven’t gotten to a point quite yet where we can compare the fertilizer program, so everything looks to be the same so far. But once we do some more harvesting, we’ll have a better idea of whether it helped the crop.