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Harvesting a "Bin Busting Crop"

April 2014


While the first official estimate of the 2014 corn and soybean production won’t be released by the USDA until next week, initial reports have emerged in the last few days indicating that a record corn and soybean harvest is likely, especially if milder temperatures can hold off damage from drier conditions.

Earlier this week, Farm Progress published Farm Futures Survey Confirms Record Crop Potential. The article projects average yields for corn at 171.06 bpa and soybean at 46.07 bpa.

Last week, a popular Bloomberg article Twin Corn Ears Expand U.S. Yield with Bin-Busting Crop reported areas across the upper Midwest have second ears are emerging on corn stalks.

Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is quoted saying, “We are going to have a lot of fields in Iowa in excess of 200 bushels an acre.” He says the upcoming corn crop will top the all-time high set in 2009.

Predictions like these may build an early sense of security for growers, especially to offset low market prices.

But it also means growers will be responsible to bring the harvest in as efficiently as possible. We’ll have the same limited window to get these “bin busting crops” out of the ground and into the bins.

We’ll need as much uptime as possible. A Thunder Creek fuel and service trailer equipped with whatever you need – diesel, DEF, tools and parts – is a great way to do just that.

“The biggest thing is time savings,” says Randy B. from Minnesota. “We can take [our trailer] out, fill our equipment, and we’re good for the day.”

For more great tips on maximizing your field time this fall, check out this recent blog post: 8 Tips for an Efficient Harvest.