CropStop: Western Cass County Soy Yields Don’t Impress, But Quality Looks Good

Justin Johnson, Tower City, N.D., farms with his father, Mark Johnson and uncle Matt Richman. Photo taken north of Tower City on Sept. 23, 2013. 

Mark Johnson kicks up some dust on the first day of soybean farming at M&M Farms at Tower City, N.D., on Aug. 23. Johnson farms with his son, Justin, and his brother-in-law, Matt Richman.



 TOWER CITY, N.D. – Justin Johnson, who farms with his father, Mark Johnson and an uncle, Matt Richman, on their M&M Farms says the soybean harvest started Sept. 23 and has been moving along well

Cass County in North Dakota is famed for being the U.S. county with the highest number of soybean acres.

M&M Farms usually aims for 40 to 45 bushels an acre on the beans, but this year it’s not going to be that. “I’d say about 25,” Justin says.  Quality factors were good so far – about 12.5 percent moisture, with pretty good test weight. Results have varied from field to field. Johnson has a year left at North Dakota State University in agricultural systems management, and then will return home to farm.


Earlier this fall, M&M had some wheat that ran about 50 to 70 bushels an acre, with some neighbors to the west reporting more, Justin says.

For other information about the status of the crop, check out my CropStop interview feature from central Montana in Agweek on Sept. 30.