Estimating harvest loss

Dennis Berglund  |   September 20, 2012
 

The soybeans and corn are starting to come off and they are pretty dry. We have had a lot of questions about shelling and harvest loss. Here is a chart to determine approximate harvest loss. Take these counts in different areas behind the combine, in order to find out where your losses are coming from. Keeping the loss under 2 to 3 percent range should be your goal.

Crop

Seeds/pound*

Seeds/sq. ft. to equal 1 bu/Acre

Spring Wheat

14,300

20

Durum Wheat

11,500

16

Barley

13,500

15

Oats

15,500

11

Flax

88,000

113

Soybeans (small)

3,300

4.5

Soybeans (large)

2,400

3.5

Corn (Med. grade)

1,500

2

Sunflower (oil)

9,000

5

Sunflower (Conf.)

5,000

2.5

Navy beans

3,000

4

Pinto beans

1,400

2

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Sandra    
California  |  September, 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

How will the California Proposition 37 re: genetically engineered foods, mandatory labeling, initiative affect your growers of corn & soybeans?

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