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Soybean yields surprise SE Iowa farmers

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AUDIO: Kurt Hora, corn and soybean farmer in Washington County

AUDIO: Keaton Greiner, corn and soybean farmer in Washington County

Southeast Iowa is projected to have a yield of 52.5 bushels per acre according to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. But what are the farmers actually getting?

Kurt Hora cut soybeans in Washington County Tuesday. He’s cut about 25 percent.

“These ones we are doing now are running about 70 bushels. They are a non-GMO for a specialty contract but the beans overall have been pretty good,” Hora said.

Washington County is crop reporting District 9. According to NASS, that district is forecast to produce 42,118 bushels. The area got really dry through the summer so a lot of farmers were anticipating not as good of yields.

Not too far away from Hora, Keaton Greiner was also harvesting soybeans.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised with what they are making for the lack of rain in this area. Where we are at today, this field (has been) yielding in the 60 to 70-bushel range. We also farm towards the west and it looks more like those are more in the 50-bushel range,” Greiner said.

Greiner says it will vary from place to place. The next district corn and soybean production forecasts from NASS, based on conditions as of November 1, will be released on November 9.