LOW YIELDS, BIG LOSSES
Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 8:43 am LOW YIELDS, BIG LOSSES — Corn harvest is well under way in Obion County, as evidenced this week when JonEd Powers went to the fields of one of Powers Farm between Union City and Martin. The corn harvest is a bit earlier than normal due to the county’s dry summer conditions, according to Tim Smith, Obion County director of the University of Tennessee Extension Service. “Because of the general lack of rain that we experienced, yields are ranging anywhere from 0-250 bushels per acre, even within the same fields. As a county, I hope that we can average around 115-125 bushels per acre this year, but that may be hopeful,” he said. Smith said when comparing last year’s county average of well over 160 bushels per acre, the county will experience above 30 percent less volume of total bushels this year. “At today’s corn market price, this equates to roughly $12 million loss to Obion County farmers — and that is just on their corn. Soybeans are a whole other issue. Everyone in our entire community needs to be very concerned. Millions of dollars taken from our economy is an extremely bad thing,” Smith said.