Central Iowa farmer says late season dryness and heat is robbing yield
A central Iowa farmer’s hopes for a bumper crop are drying up under late August heat.
Tim Bardole of Rippey says his corn and soybeans have looked remarkably good this season despite being on the dry side two years in a row.
“But this past week it started to really show how dry we are. The beans are shrinking and the corn, you see a lot of yellow husks and started going brown.”
He’s tempering yield expectations with little rain and temperatures above 90 forecast this week.
Bardole tells Brownfield a week ago he was thinking 180 to 190 bushels an acre on corn and 60-plus bushel soybeans.
“But with this past week and what the weather is saying it’s going to do to us here this week, I’ve definitely scaled that back.”
He’s now predicting yields of 160 to 170 for corn and low 50’s on beans.