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State Ag News
Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:24
By Mike Corn
Hays Daily News
COLBY - Ray and Chris Bange were pushing hard to bring in the beans, but they were limited on where they could cut.
Chris Bange had a field of irrigated soybeans ready to harvest, but he and his uncle, Ray, weren't willing to venture that way last week, fearful they might spend the day extracting their Case combine from the mud.
Ironically, Chris Bange said the field needed additional warm weather to dry it out.
Ray Bange was running the combine on the corners of an irrigated soybean field, while Chris Bange was waiting in the tractor, pulling a grain cart behind.
They were happy with what they were seeing, even though the yields were a bit less than what they wanted from the dryland portion of the field.
"Not too bad," Chris Bange said of the yields. "We're in there close to 30 bushels per acre."
Yields could have been sharply higher had one more timely rain fallen during August, when the fields in the Colby area were starting to dry out.
The irrigated side of the field should be sharply higher.
"We're hoping for 70," he said.
The two rotate their land between corn and soybeans, with about half planted to each crop.
That system, he said, works because the soybeans don't leave much residue on the ground and helps to add nitrogen to the soil, a nutrient required by crops.
They've cut some high-moisture corn and delivered it to Hoxie Feedyard, which has a growing pile of corn to feed the cattle it keeps there.
Much of what's going in there, Ray Bange said, is irrigated corn that was hit by hail.
"Historically, my best yields have been in wet corn," he said of what he delivers to the feedlot.