Nebraska farmer expects above-average yields

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Nebraska farmer expects above-average yields

A central Nebraska farmer says he expects above-average corn and soybean yields this fall. 

Don Batie of Lexington, Nebraska says despite some hail and high winds early on, his corn crop looks very good.  And he says the crop pollinated well.

“Every ear we’ve been pulling is filled out clear to the tip,” Batie says. “We had great pollination weather—it was warm, but it was cool at nights—and then we got a little bit of rain.  So we had great pollination.

Batie, who irrigates, says soybeans are also performing well.

“Last I looked, the pod counts are coming on good. They’re filling out now and we’re pouring the water to them,” he says. “This is when the soybeans love water, this last part of August and first part of September. So we’re pouring the water to them.”

Batie says it looks like harvest could be a week earlier than normal this year.

AUDIO: Don Batie
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