Corn harvest above expectations due to weather
DES MOINES (AP) — Harvest is in full swing across the country, and farmers in many states are surprised at the abundance of corn they’re getting from their fields.
Dairy farmer Ben Steffen, who also grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 1,900 acres near the southeastern Nebraska town of Humboldt, said his first corn field brought in 168 bushels an acre, above the average of 140.
“I’m surprised that what I’m hearing from my neighbors there are some really outstanding yields,” he said. “I don’t know if I would consider it a record crop at this point, but the numbers I’m hearing are going to be right up there.”
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