Yesterday we heard from the Director of Beaufort County Extension, Rod Gurganus regarding the regional corn variety trial data which is now available. By most accounts, this was an excellent corn year for the majority of the Tar Heel State, and Gurganus says early soybean harvests are echoing that sentiment:
“Yeah, the soybean crop, so far, has been good. The acres that we’re harvesting now were planted in mid-April, mid-to-late April, going into May, not double-crop acres. We haven’t gotten into those beans yet, but there aren’t many due to the lack of small grain acres. But, what we’ve picked so far are early maturing varieties and they’re performing well, really well, for us.
“A lot of 60-70 bu/a, and a couple of 80’s aren’t out of the ordinary for us. The yields have been really good so far, but it’s been a really good season for corn and soybeans, there’s been some pockets of too much water. Seems like every time it rains now, we don’t get a half inch to an inch, we get three to five inches, so we’re still seeing that, but not nearly as frequent as we’ve seen in years past. So, generally speaking, our crops this year have fared better, because they haven’t been completely drowned out.”
Ron, what do we need to add, here?
“Well, I was going to say, and I should have mentioned it with the corn, regarding the way we do this, some of the farmers, when we plant the corn, and the soybeans for that matter, we plant with their planters using their equipment, and some of these trials that we plant with our smaller planter that East Coast Equipment gave us to plant test plots with. So, we’ve got a mix of those plots out there, as well. Some of them are replicated, some of them are strip trials, but I just thought I ought to mention that. The only way we can do what we’re doing, we’ve got farmers and good cooperators, that want to see that data, and they want to have us on their farm to do it. And because of the companies that give us the equipment to work with. Both of those are key pieces to doing what we’re doing.”
A link to the corn yield data can be found at SFNToday dot com.
Rod Gurganus, Director of Beaufort County Extension.