Southeastern North Dakota corn crop keeping steady, despite late planting
Corn acres in Wyndmere, North Dakota, are holding steady despite the late planting and the current need for moisture, according to a stop on the Agweek Crop Tour.
WYNDMERE, N.D. — Despite the curveballs Mother Nature threw at farmers in the region earlier this year, Carson Klosterman is overall pleased with the status of his corn crop.
Klosterman farms in Wyndmere, North Dakota, where he raises soybeans, sugarbeets and corn. Like many producers in the area, his planting season got off to a late start due to the heavy rainfalls that made themselves present in the spring months, along with the heavy moisture the winter brought on as well.
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“Right around the Wyndmere area, things look pretty good considering what we've been through this year,” said Klosterman, secretary and treasurer of the North Dakota Corn Council. “We've seen it all this year from late start with cool weather, wet snow to a big rain in may which affected the earlier planting stuff from some ponding and some replant took place.”
Some of Klosterman’s fields suffered from ponding and had to be replanted due to the persistent rainfall. But those replanted acres did not suffer as much as he anticipated because of the constant heat this summer and the plethora of growing degree days that allowed the late-planted corn to catch up. However, while rain was ever-present during planting season, Klosterman said his acres could use some rainfall at this point in the growing season.
“Now here we are, the middle of August and the grain is filling and we could use some nice rains to help fill all the crops,” he said. “Everybody statewide, I think, could use a drink.”
Weeds were an ever-present challenge for Klosterman this season and he also had trouble with pests getting to his crop as well. He worries that they may be an even bigger problem next year.
“There were more rootworm beetles and such. Next year might be a little interesting with the overwintering insects for corn,” he said.
Klosterman predicts harvest will be right around the same time as a typical year and is hopeful for a decent yield and harvest; he estimated a 150-175 bushel per acre for his corn crop this year. In an ideal world, he hopes his corn acres get steady rainfall until the combine starts rolling, but he’ll be happy with anything he can get.
“Up and down the valley it is kind of dry,” Klosterman said. “Moisture in the soil just helps everything.”