This year's U.S. corn harvest is underway and the market is watching. The first of the 2011 crop has been harvested in Louisiana. In northcentral Louisiana, early harvest yields are coming in between 12-18% below the average, according to one grain elevator operator.
Due to extreme heat stress, at least one irrigated field harvested Tuesday recorded a yield of 144 bu./acre, below a normal yield of 160 bushels per acre. How many days until you will start harvesting?
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Mike, About a third of the fields are tasseled in SW Kansas. I don't think we will be as lucky as down South. Things are looking pretty bad over here, we have been over 100 degrees for a long time now, dry land "anything" is almost non existent and irrigated crops are starting to look like good dry land. Several irrigated corn fields are going to silage and/or getting baled. Tasseled corn are anywhere from 2' to 8' high, sometimes on the same field. There are several places here and down in the Ok Panhandle that have not seen over an inch of rain the last 12 months.
There are still several good looking irrigated fields around, but as the heat continues, they are getting less. We need to cool off and get some rain to make the later planted fields come out ok.