Some elevators across the state are seeing evidence of soybean splitting.
“Soybean harvest in Iowa has been a little difficult so far, Bayer agronomist Leslie Lloyd says. “We took a trial in Altoona Friday and our top variety had a yield of around 71.”
That area was very dry through the growing season so Lloyd was surprised. He says they are seeing yields that are good but still all over the board.
“We’re seeing yields to the high 40s to the high 70s. Probably 55 to 60 is going to (be the case) for most of Iowa,” Lloyd says.
Constant waiting and drying is taking a toll on beans.
“We’re hearing reports of a lot of splits at elevators and seeing more shatter in the field. We’re seeing more soybeans on the ground before folks even begin running the combine.”
Lloyd adds there is nothing serious yet. Quality seems good but seeing more splits and shattering.