Going up and down the region looking at this year’s corn and soybean crop, the fields that received the sporadic and much needed timely rains are clear. A corn and soybean field nestled in Hawley, Minnesota, makes it evident that they received the additional moisture that many acres were not lucky enough to receive.
“In this area we have been a little luckier than most. We have had a bit more rain than most fields in this area. With that being said, we’re still 3 to 5 inches behind average,” Derek Haug, U.S. district sales manager for Thunder Seed, said on the Agweek Corn and Soybean Tour on Aug. 7, 2021.
"It does really well in poor and variable conditions and really well in excellent conditions too. It’s a variety that we can put across a lot of different acres and get really good yield with” Haug said. “All around a good variety for any acre you want to plant it on.”
As far as potential yield, despite the excessive heat and low precipitation, the corn has performed well and is expected to have a yield around 170 to 180.
“It’s been a really warm and dry summer this year, and as you can see behind me it has stood up really well for the condition it has been in,” Haug said.
Luckily the soybean field was not impacted by the last spring frost that much of the region experienced. However, just a couple miles down the road there were multiple soybean fields that had to be replanted due to being zapped by the late frost.
Though the dry weather was not ideal, it did help mitigate common diseases, such as white mold, and insect infestations. The heavy smoke in the atmosphere that was the outcome of many wild fires, such as the ones in Canadian territories, offered the crops some much needed shade. The smoke helped bring down the overall temperature by five to ten degrees, a welcomed change for the crops.
As Haug has been talking to his growers, he has found that many are pleasantly surprised with checking their fields with how the crop has withstood all the difficult conditions thrown in their way.
“I think everybody is holding out hope that it’s gonna be a little bit better than expected,” Haug said.