In this Harvest Report, Case IH Combine Product Specialist Mike King is our guest blogger. He tells us about conditions in his territory of Minnesota and central Iowa (north to south). We’re anxious to hear about harvest progress in your part of the country. Were your yields better or worse than expected?
Yields seem to be a touch better than growers expected. On average, my customers are seeing corn yields of 150-200 bushels/acre, and soybean yields of up to 40-50 bushels/acre. With August’s hot, dry weather, farmers in my territory were expecting to see lower yields than that, but are pleasantly surprised at the more positive outcome.
Farmers have been very pleased with their Case IH Axial-Flow® combine performance so far and haven’t seen any major problems, especially with the new machines. All of the producers I’ve talked to have been very pleased with their purchase. They especially like being able to control residue spread from the cab and adjusting grain flow with the pivoting grain spout.
Dropping grain prices seem to be on the top of producers’ minds in my area. They are also realizing the impact of Agronomic DesignSM — how residue control can affect fall tillage, spring planting and even emergence.
Many of the farmers in my territory have used the new Case IH 3162 draper head during demonstrations this harvest season. They have responded very well to the new heads, and have been very happy with its ground-following and feeding capabilities and simplicity.