Corn harvest turned out well in Marion County this year, but the verdict is still out as to whether soybean and milo harvests will turn out equally well.
As a matter of fact, Jeff Mayfield, agronomist at Ag Service at Hillsboro, and Agricultural Extension Agent Rickey Roberts both said, ?The corn turned out very good.?
Roberts said most corn yields turned out in the 100 to 125 bushels and acre range.
?There may be some small areas of fields that even made it to 150 bushels an acre.
Mayfield said the milo ?is looking very good.?
The heads are emerging, he said, and even with minimal rainfall from here onward this season the usually drought-resistant crop looks to be good.
Roberts said, ?Maybe I?m optimistic, but I see some milo approaching 100 bushels an acre too.?
Both men are optimistic about the soybeans too, but said many beans could still use a rain to turn out.
Roberts said it?s difficult to tell through casual observation of beans whether all of the latest pods at the top are filled out fully to contribute to yield.
At this time, Mayfield predicted soybeans are likely to yield 30 bushels an acre, and ?a lot of them look a lot better than that.?
Even in the poorest of fields, Roberts said, it?s generally safe to say there?s going to be beans there this year.
?I would be nice if the beans averaged 35 to 40 bushels and acre, and they look like they might.
?The milo is going to be very good, and probably the beans are going to be good, but not as good.?
The U.S. Agricultural Statistics Service in September rated Kansas soybeans at 8 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 33 percent fair, 8 percent poor and 2 percent very poor.
The Service rated milo condition at 10 percent excellent, 54 percent good, 28 percent fair, 6 percent poor, and 2 percent very poor.
Roberts said many farmers are preparing machinery to get into the fields for harvest this month.