While harvest is nearing completion, for many Missouri farmers it has been a long one. Farmers in the Missouri River bottoms started corn harvest in early September. Travel north to Paris, and both corn and soybeans were still standing in fields in early November.
Moisture prevented some farmers from harvesting fields. However, others may not be wanting to spend money on corn drydown costs and are waiting it out, allowing the crop to remain in the field.
According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 95% of the state’s corn harvest was complete by mid-November, and 81% of soybean harvest was complete.
In 2020, Missouri farmers reported harvesting 561 million bushels of corn and 296 million bushels of soybeans. USDA-NASS is currently calling farmers for final year-end harvest statistics.
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