Central Iowa cooperative, Landus, releases results of crop yield survey
Landus Cooperative, which covers most of central Iowa, has released the results of its own crop yield survey.
The survey, which involved over 70 Landus employees, took place August 24th through the 26th. It produced yield estimates of 188 bushels per acre for corn and 55 bushels for soybeans.
Landus spokesman Tom Guinan says he would not be surprised if those numbers are lower come harvest because of worsening drought conditions.
“Since these results have been taken, we haven’t had any significant rainfall again,” Guinan says. “So we really expect those numbers to be coming down as we actually get into harvest and see the combines running.”
Guinan says they did not attempt to measure fields flattened by last month’s derecho wind event.
“We decided that, with the derecho coming through, we should just avoid that area because there’s so many zeroes out there,” he says. “What we were trying to figure out is how many bushels are going to harvested. Well, if they’re not even going to harvest that field, let’s just avoid it.
“It kind of threw a kind into our plan but I think it made sense in the long run in what we ended up coming up with for data.”
The Landus survey covered 35 counties.