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Tall tales and yield totals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcia Gorrell, guest columnist   

(Reprinted with permission from the November 2014 edition of Missouri Farms, published by the Marshall Democrat-News in Marshall, Mo.)

My mother-in-law had a saying: “The first liar doesn’t have a chance.” She was usually referring to harvest time when there are many rumors about the different “yields” each farmer is getting with their crops.

For those of you who don’t know, the “yield” is the amount of bushels a farmer gets from each acre he grows. While there are industry and county averages, the actual yields vary widely from year to year and field to field.

But they are important, because farmers don’t set their prices. We can’t control the weather, the markets, breakdowns or bad luck. But if we get a higher yield per acre, we can make more money per acre, no matter what the price. Just a little more corn per acre can make a big difference between a profit and a loss.

And of course, just like fishermen who always describe the big fish they catch (and the ones who get away), there are always a few who seem to quote phenomenal yields, some of which are true and others of which may be exaggerated.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014