Summer conditions linked to smaller area crop yields
The drought and extreme heat of July and early August reduced corn yields in Leavenworth County by 30 to 50 bushels an acre from what is normal, Leavenworth County Kansas State Extension agent James Hartshorn estimated.
Hartshorn estimated the county’s corn crop will average about 100 bushels an acre after dry weather and many triple-digit degree days in July and August ravaged what looked to be a promising crop. The county’s cornfields average from 130 to 150 acres per acre in a normal year and from 180 to 200 in a bumper year.
With an estimated 18,660 acres of corn harvested in the county in 2010 and delivered corn selling at $6.41 a bushel last week in Kansas City, a reduction of 30 to 50 bushels an acre could cost county farmers from $3.5 million to $6 million.
Yields in the southern part of the county were worse than those to the north, Hartshorn said.
“They got a little more rain,” he said of the northern area.
Fortunately, soybeans appear to have been spared the effects of the harsh summer conditions, Hartshorn said. He predicts yields will average from 40 to 45 bushels per acre as combines start traversing soybean fields that are just now ready for harvest.