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Soybean Yields Lower Than Past Two Years

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EASTON, Md.-  It has been a tumultuous year for farmers.  First it was too wet, then it was too dry, and that's had a real effect on crops like soy beans.

The combines are running at full steam across Delmarva.  Farmers are trying to make the best of this year after a series of curve balls.  WBOC was with C.H. Gannon and Sons Inc. as they harvested a field of soybeans.  They say the season got off on the wrong foot.

"It has been different than most growing seasons, they all are.  This one though, around these parts, most people lost the month of May because it was either too cloudy or too rainy," said Greg Gannon.

That meant a lot of crops, particularly corn had to be re-planted.  The season as a whole though has not really been predictable.

"We've had ample rain through here except one dry period on either side of Labor Day, when these soybeans and others could have benefited from the rain.  That's Talbot County, I know east of here they did get some rain," said Gannon

Greg's son Bret is one of the farmers out in the field.  He says each day they have to wait until the beans dry out from morning dew.

"With beans it's unlike some other crops.  You have to wait for conditions to be perfect as they change throughout the day.  A lot of times you're not going to be able to pick beans until late morning or afternoon when the dew has gotten off.  Even more of a delay if it's overcast and cloudy.  You really want dry weather to pick beans," said Bret Gannon.

Dry it has been for a few weeks now.  The rains in early October though did push back harvest a bit, and yields, while still not terrible, are down.

"You're looking at yields that are average in some spots, but the corn and soybeans, it has not been a disastrous year by any terms, but it is off from the past two years, but those were exceptional growing seasons," said Greg Gannon.

Most farmers say they only have a few weeks left until they are finished harvesting soybeans.  Then it comes time for winter wheat, the next year comes, then they plant corn and see what the next year holds.

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