Area corn harvest may be best in decades

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yields up to 200 bushels per acre expected

Area farmers are anticipating this year's corn harvest to be better than ever.

"It's going to be the best corn crop in probably 15 or 20 years," said Curtis Schallert, who farms about 250 acres of corn west of Purdy.

Schallert, 62, said it will likely be the best corn that he has ever cut, expecting to make 150 bushels per acre this year.

"The corn looks real good, especially compared to the last two years," said Michael Henbest, who farms 700 acres of corn in the Cassville area.

He is hoping to yield at least 130 bushels per acre. Henbest, 61, plants corn in April, and he usually harvests the crop in late September or early October.

"Barry and Lawrence counties are going to have a good crop of corn this year," said Brian Blount, the executive director of USDA Farm Service Agencies that cover both counties. "The yields could range from 100 to 200 bushels per acre."

In 2013, Barry County planted 13,600 acres and harvested 12,700 acres of corn, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It also yielded 98.8 bushels per acre and produced 1.255 million bushels of corn last year.

In 2012, the county planted 13,400 acres, which doubled over 2011 and increased by 9,800 acres over 2010. That same year, the county produced 787,000 bushels, which increased by 609,000 bushels over 2011 and by 484,000 bushels over 2010.

2012 yielded 86.5 bushels per acre compared with 37.1 bushels in 2011 and 111 bushels in 2010.

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