We’re getting winter weather, and yet, the fall harvest season is still underway. Many area farmers are way behind this year, after the late start they got last spring.
On top of that, there was a lot of rain last month, and the soil became saturated, which prevented farmers from even getting on their fields to start the harvest on time.
On a positive note, farmers report that overall quality of the corn is good, and the yields are better than usual this year. However, soybeans are down a bit more than usual.
Last year, most farmers were done in October. This year, the harvest has been long and drawn out because of the wet weather.
According to information from the National Weather Service, in May and June the precipitation received in the region was more than normal with June having approximately 1.65 inches more of precipitation. Both August and September had precipitation that was more than 2 inches above normal.
Nationwide, USDA stated in its crop production report on Nov. 10 that corn production is forecasted at 14.4 billion bushels with yields expected to average 173.4 bushels per acre.