Rain couldn’t have come at a better time, says Lehman

Authored by Jim Langham on Aug 23, 2013

Rain that has produced varying amounts of moisture across the area over the past couple of days couldn’t have come at a better time, says Jeff Lehman of Lehman Feed Mill.
“This was extremely beneficial to the beans,” said Lehman. “There are some beans that will fill out, depending on when they were planted. We need some larger beans on the stalks.”
Lehman said that there were varying amounts of rain in the last few days, with upwards to three inches reported in the Linn Grove area to much lesser amounts to the north and east.
Lehman said that what often happens with early moisture like we had this summer is that bean stalks tend to grow so tall that much of the plant energy focuses on growth of the plant rather than producing beans.
“Quite often, shorter bean stalks have more beans on them,” said Lehman. “That’s what happened last year. There were smaller stalks; then we got those late rains and lots of beans came out on the stalks.”
Lehman referred to beans as a “stress crop,” meaning that beans produce better if the plants face challenges and have their growth stunted off some. Those plants, said Lehman, tend to fill out more with beans.
“We’re going to have a good bean crop, regardless,” said Lehman. “I’m not sure that it will be a bumper crop, but it’s still going to turn out well.”
Lehman said that the same is true with this summer’s corn. He noted that there are some really good looking corn fields out there, but it appears that some plants were damaged by the heavy wind that came with a severe storm earlier in the summer.
“I walked out into the fields and I noticed that some of the plants didn’t fully recover from that storm,” said Lehman. “Some of it is kind of slanted or twisted. Don’t get me wrong, there is an awfully nice looking crop out there. I’m sure that the rain of this weekend is going to give current crops a boost in the barn.”
Rick McCoy, weather specialist, said that there appears to be a slight change in the weather pattern of the past couple of weeks. While dew points have been quite low in recent days, McCoy said it appears that more heat and humidity are going to be setting in over the next few days.
“The weather for September looks to be normal temperatures but slightly above normal precipitation,” said McCoy. “There’s still plenty of moisture in the ground because of such a nice canopy over the fields formed by the large crops. The ground seems to have maintained its moisture most of the summer.”

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