News and reports out the past few weeks predict a record breaking soybean crop. Iowa State University Field Agronomist Mark Johnson is not so sure, at least for the ten counties he serves in central Iowa.
He says with the weather Iowa’s had, beans are doing better than they deserve, but the rain has drowned a lot of crop.
“One of the things that we’re seeing huge difference in this year is the earlier beans, maybe not the real early beans cause some of those are struggling too, but the beans that got planted in a nice timeline look pretty good” He says, “Maybe a little behind what we’d like to be, but not bad, not bad.”
Johnson says from what he’s seen, there are good and bad fields.
“I think you’re looking at the markets, they must be thinking we’re going to be above trend line. I don’t see how we can be above trend line when when a huge percentage of the fields have a bad spot or several in it. You know we always hear those people say when they’re interviewed, ‘Rain makes grain.’ And that’s true, rain makes grain, but excess rain doesn’t.”
Johnson says, “We’re going to have a good crop, we’re not going to have a great crop, we’re not going to have a record breaker.”