Where was this at. With as bad as things have been in areas that seems low for a field average.
During the severe drought in western Iowa in 1974, I remember running the haybine with an Oliver 88 in the middle of July and putting the corn in windrows and chopping it that way, with the hay head. A lot of it was tasseling between just a foot to three or so high, and clogged up the corn head as a result.
If I recall correctly the estimated yields were like 5, 10, or 15 bushels to the acre (or even less, a lot or mostly zero).
I had cool new AM radio headphones and remember big hits from that summer like Sundown and Midnight at the Oasis and Locomotion, and relatively recent but still highly popular songs like American Woman, among many others. They also still played a Beatles hit or three every hour yet at that time.
From that year:
Omaha.com : The hottest jobs in townQuote:
Omaha » Longest string of 100-degree days: 15, in 1974....
PS. Our corn was for silage in the first place.
I still think this will make some corn
Not much of a farmer anymore but this drought is really bad. My dad, who farmed in the 70s-90s, said that 1977 was the worst he has every seen, so far. When the crop adjuster came out to see his corn crop that year he gave it a .7 bu/acre just because he needed to write something down. That was the year he raised zero corn crop.
Crazy how bad some areas are. I fell sorry for all the farmers out there.
We made one round to make sure everything worked. Starting hard on Monday. Some of our corn didn't put any ear on at all. We live North of New Hampton(NE Iowa) and it is extremely bad, like nothing I've ever seen.
Our corn has very small kernels. To be safe, in my corn estimating equation, I have been using 110,000 seeds per bushel. Too conservative or not?
Chopped over 200 acres of drought corn averaging 0.7 b/acre in 1977 here in central Iowa. I just do not see the cattle or the facilities to feed as much silage as people are talking about. This is not 1980 and the price of feeders is shocking. I can only imagine some city boy banker being asked to loan fort knox for some silage to folks who have not fed cattle for half a generation. Like to be a fly on the wall in those conversations.
More power to those who know what they are doing.
Soybeans are in not much better shape. I've been in several fields with very few pods per plant. Rain would help....soon
I'm a lot more optimistic about our corn than our beans. Our beans at this point will yield zero without rain. Corn probably around 130
South Dakota has some. A lot of people are not going to get anything.
North central Iowa. They have been chopping since late last week and this week up here. I've seen some corn - ears about half normal size with very small kernals. Dented so it won't fill out anymore. Other places most stalks with no ears. Hope everyone has insurance this year.