Lower Yields

With harvest in full swing and yield numbers now trickling in, it is apparent that yields this year are noticeably below what was recorded in 2016.  2016 saw record yields from many crops, including both soybeans and corn.  This year yields were down for a number of reasons, with the lack of moisture in many locations being the most obvious.  But this year was also cooler than a year ago and with the lack of additional heat units will be a reduction in yields.  Besides the dryness and the cooler conditions, this summer was also not as sunny as last year.  Less sunshine also translates to lower yields.  Therefore, dry conditions was not the only problem this year.

Daryl Ritchison