The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

November 15, 2013

Soybean yield not reaching expectations in southeast Iowa

OTTUMWA — The United States Department of Agriculture recently upped its soybean output estimate for Iowa’s soybean yield, but southeast Iowa has not seen the type of yields some were expecting.

According to Mark Carlton, crops specialist for the Iowa State University Extension in southeast Iowa, the yields have been lower than expected so far this year, based off of what he has been told by farmers in the area.

“Overall, the soybean yields have been a little disappointing,” he said. “They were not what we hoped they would be.”

The main reason for the low yields was the later planting date farmers had to use because of the weather in the spring and summer. The mass amounts of rain in the spring followed by the drought that left Iowa fields gasping for water created poorer soil in southeast Iowa and forced farmers to plant later in the year than they would have liked.

Based on how late the soybeans were planted, Carlton does think the yields are doing OK, but they are still lower than expected. It is those beans that were planted later that are having trouble meeting the high yields. The soybeans that were planted late are down two or more bushels per acre compared to those that were planted earlier, Carlton said.

However, in the fields where the soil is a little better, he is seeing their yields creep close to 50 bushels per acre, which is a good number considering the average for the state stands at 45 bushels per acre, according to the USDA crop production report.

He made mention to the soil in the northern portion in the state being a little better than in southeast Iowa, and that could be where the higher yields are coming from.

According to the USDA’s report, Iowa farmers will harvest approximately 415.4 million bushels of soybeans once harvesting is completed, which would be slightly higher than the 2012 production. The report also says the anticipated average price nationwide for soybeans is down 35 cents, and projections place the cost at an average price of $11.15 to $13.15 per bushel.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Ups and downs OTTUMWA — Iowa's governor and his lieutenant seemed thrilled with part of the employment news Friday. Gov. Terry Branstad's Twitter page said: "BREAKING: Iowa's employment reaches all-time high of 1,615,200." Iowa Workforce Development confirms the n

    April 18, 2014

  • 15-minutes.png A change at Evans

    OTTUMWA — You can get kids to memorize facts. But teaching them to think can take more time. Educational leaders told the Ottumwa school board that the school year that begins 2014 will shift Evans Middle School students from 45-minute periods to 60-

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Those who came before OTTUMWA — There is so much information on researching genealogy, beginners may not know where to start. But experts and knowledgeable amateurs will offer help as they gather for a free Family History Fair to share which websites are worthwhile and wh

    April 18, 2014

  • 0419 OTT Tree planting color photo -T -M -L Young Ottumwans show their green thumbs OTTUMWA — Several of Ottumwa’s cemeteries and parks were recipients of new trees this week as Ottumwa High School students and Eagle Scouts dedicated their time to planting dozens of trees around the city. Students from the OHS JROTC class were at Ot

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0419 OTT Prayer Walk 2 bw photo -L -M -T On a journey OTTUMWA — The seven blocks through the center of Ottumwa took more than an hour and a half to walk as 25 people prayed and read Scripture to reflect on the events of Good Friday. Led by the Ottumwa Area Fellowship of Pastors, the walk began at First

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0419 OTT drought map -L -T -M Drought weakens grip on Iowa OTTUMWA — Last weekend saw the first significant rains in quite some time for the Ottumwa area. How long? The last day with at least a half-inch of rain was back on Nov. 20. It was a welcome rain, arriving after the ground had thawed. That allowed at

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eugene Clark STOCKPORT — Eugene Morris Clark, 90, of Stockport, died at 5:30 p.m. April 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ottumwa. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Spencer Cemetery northeast of Stockport; Pastor Richard

    April 18, 2014

  • Civil War Round Table visited by baseball historian OTTUMWA — The Civil War Round Table was treated to a special guest Thursday night and a presentation about how baseball during the Civil War era helped shape Iowa as we know it. John Liepa, former history and political science professor at Des Moines

    April 18, 2014

  • Three-day forecast Today ... Sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Sunday ... Partly su

    April 18, 2014

  • 0418 OTT Tree City U.S.A. logo Ottumwa awarded as Tree City U.S.A. again OTTUMWA — Having big, beautiful trees throughout a community can help spruce up a city and make it more attractive to visitors. Ottumwa has shown a dedication to making the community more green and inviting, and the efforts have been recognized by th

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook
E-edition