The 2014 harvest is not over yet, at least not in Indiana. Many have been wondering what harvest pace is like around the state and Midwest, especially if they still have crops remaining. Harvest is winding down and some are finishing or done, but not everyone. If you're still finishing corn or even soybeans, you're not alone.
The issue came up because at least one ag economist suggest that harvest in the Midwest is over and all finished. While as a practical matter from an ag economist's viewpoint that might be true, more or less, in the big picture, harvesting is still a big deal if your crops are still in the field.
Areas where weather hasn't cooperated, or where farmers chose not to rut up fields, are areas where some crops are still left to harvest. That includes both corn, some first-crop soybeans, and some double-crop soybeans.
Lines at elevators yet around Indiana, at least in some places, prove the point. One farmer reports that the elevator he sells to, which stores several million bushels of corn, is full, including a huge outside pile and a huge warehouse that holds two million bushels of corn. They've cut hours and basically are in a "wait mode." The wait is for a unit train so they can ship out corn and make enough room for new corn still coming in.
Long queues are the result, with unloading hours limited, and that means harvesting hours are limited for farmers who already have filled their own storage, if any. It also means lines at elevators in certain situations, even this late in the season.
Harvest will no doubt wind up soon, and a clearer picture of how much corn and soybeans are in the countryside is crystallizing. But for those sill in the field, hats off to you. You're certainly not alone!