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Harvest Wraps Up In Indiana

Harvest Wraps Up In Indiana
The season to forget is almost over in Indiana

Perhaps there is still a field of corn here or there, a few patches of four rows left for insurance adjustors to look at yet, and maybe a patch of doublecrop beans or two, assuming they made any beans at all.

For the most part, harvest is winding down and finished across most of Indiana.

Farmers in southeast Indiana were some of the last to finish planting last spring since they had more rain, and they were some of the last to finish this fall. However, many aren't complaining. Some of their latest planted corn, planted in mid-May to the third week of May, was the best after all, sources report.

Planting date mattered: This was the year to keep the planter in the barnlot longer. Of course, no one knew that in April. On the whole, later-planted corn missed the worst heat at pollination and did better.

That's not true in every case. Some later planted corn wasn't much better than early-planted corn. But as a rule, corn planted in mid-May tended to escape the worst heat and actually perform better.

Todd Jeffries, seed rep for Seed Consultants, Inc., in southeast Indiana, says he saw the gamut this fall. A few plots were so low-yielding that the farmers chose not to invest the time in harvesting them. It was simply a matter of lack of rainfall and pollinating at the wrong time. Corn planted in late April tended to pollinate during the hottest, driest stretch of the summer. Some of those fields produced few if any ears in parts of the field.

On the other hand where corn was planted later, and/or where they caught a rain, yields were surprisingly good. Jeffries was surprised by one plot he weighed for a farmer in the area.

"Everything in there went over 200 bushels per acre," he says. "I never thought I was going to see 200 bushels per acre corn in southeastern Indiana this year, but I did."

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