Soybeans drying fast in southern Minnesota
Soybeans are drying down rapidly in the Upper Midwest.
Southwest Minnesota farmer Bill Gordon says he’s combining beans at under 12 percent moisture that are still quite green.
“So when you’re looking at the field in a normal year, you wouldn’t be able to combine them (because) they would be 14 to 17 (percent moisture), pushing that top of the moisture range. And as you get into them you realize that there’s a lot of green beans in there, but the majority of them are dry.”
He tells Brownfield harvest timing can be tricky in a year like this.
“Beautiful fall weather, but it does dry those soybean fields faster than you think. And so guys are waiting based on visual, my only suggestion is walk out in the field, reach down to the bottom of those pods, and you’ll be surprised at how dry they actually are.”
Gordon says despite the dry conditions, soybean yields are better than expected with some 70’s on heavier ground.