The 2011 growing season in the Midwest was atypical: late planting, very hot and dry summer and cooler than normal fall. While harvest yields varied greatly due to spotty rainfall, in general the yields of corn and soybeans was off somewhat. But the high prices for product seems to have made up for lower yields.
Cover crop planting was also a bit unusual. With concern about germination of cover crop seed, grower, some tended to wait until after harvest for moisture. But with late harvest, many didn’t get a cover crop planting. Others chose to aerial seed annual ryegrass and other covers into standing corn and soybeans. The rain came early enough and consistently enough that now there’s a bounty of annual ryegrass – in some places 10 inches tall.