We told you more than a week ago that the farmer was ready to harvest the Crop Watch ’14 field soon. Many of you are waiting anxiously to see what kind of yield it produces. The fly in the ointment, so to speak, was several days of rain recently. While it didn’t stop corn harvest altogether for very long, it did prevent farmers from combining soybeans.
Some fields of soybeans are beginning to lodge. Rains in August for the first time in several years in many areas are helping yields, but they also produced taller beans that are lodging in some cases.
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Diseases, such as sudden death syndrome, are also a factor in many fields, according to agronomists, such as Betsy Bower, with Ceres Solutions in west-central Indiana.
The result was that the farmer who will harvest the crop watch field, probably like yourself, needed to concentrate on soybean harvest over the past few days. Soybean quality can deteriorate if plants are left in the field too long and the weather turns sour in late fall. This is already the slowest harvest progress in this area since 2009 on many farms. It was also a wet fall with high-moisture crops at harvest.
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Once soybeans are harvested, corn harvest will likely pick up. More efforts will be devoted to getting corn out of the field and dried instead of leaving it in the field, where it could be vulnerable to storms in early November. The chance of storms with high winds tends to increase in many areas in late fall.
Even though corn may still carry a higher moisture content than desired, most of it will likely be shelled once soybeans are combined and farmers can concentrate on shelling and drying corn.
Look for news about harvest of the Corp Watch ’14 field in the very near future.