MO farmer pleased with stands, hopeful for rain


MO farmer pleased with stands, hopeful for rain

A northwest Missouri farmer says his concerns of dryness are growing. Richard Oswald tells Brownfield he was hoping for more than the half inch of rain he received over the weekend, but an early look at his corn and soybean stands are comparable to last year.

“Last year, we had what I think are probably the best overall average yields that I’ve ever had,” he said. “All the corn averaged above 200 [bushels] all the beans averaged above 50 [bushels] with most of the fields going above 60.”

The Atchison country farmer said it’s been an especially good spring for soybeans with mostly cool and dry weather…

“I want rain, but I don’t,” he said. “If we can avoid those heavy rains in mid to late June that’re sometimes responsible for Sudden Death Syndrome on the river bottom here, really all we need to be concerned about is enough to keep those things going and hopefully a good rain in the first part of August that’ll top them (soybeans) off.”

Oswald said he’s worried severe dryness to his west in Nebraska might stretch further east.

Richard Oswald Interview