Indiana’s corn harvest has hit 92% complete and soybeans reached 93% done in the latest USDA weekly report. Soggy soils over the past few weeks have kept harvest progress slow. The first half of harvest 2018 moved quickly with very few problems, but the second half has been slow and difficult for both soybeans and corn. Eric Miller, agronomist with Pioneer, said most of the soybeans in his area are out but there is still a fair amount of corn.
“There are only a few soybean fields left, but more corn is still standing. If we had a 4 day, dry stretch, we could wrap everything up.” He added the biggest problem is there just have not been enough days suitable for fieldwork to get to the end.
Miller said the corn has been the most difficult to harvest, “Especially as we got later in harvest. The standability issue has made harvest difficult.” He noted that many farmers have tried to harvest even when field conditions were not ideal. “You can tell those fields because there are just a lot of ruts and tracks in them.”
HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin sees very little rain this week but does not see any good drying conditions either. More precipitation is expected this coming weekend.