Crop yields highly variable, Farm Bureau says

Impact on Iowa meat prices will be felt for the next few years

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April 1, 2014 | 12:46 am

Iowa farmers’ crop yields are “all over the board” this year, according to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

“The bottom line is they’re seeing extremes even in a single field. Farmers say yields range from zero to 170 bushels per acre, often in the same field,” said Dirck Steimel, editor of the IFBF Spokesman.

Variability is the dominant word this year on yields, said Dave Miller, the organization’s director of research.

While unseen factors may impact yields, yield monitoring equipment in today’s combines allows farmers to identify such variables faster, Miller said.

Livestock farmers are also coming to grips with the drought, Steimel said.

“Their pastures and ponds have dried up and feed supplies are tight,” he said.

“Food price adjustment will be gradual, but we’ll feel impacts of this drought for the next few years on most pork, beef and poultry products,” Miller said.

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