Nationally the corn harvest is 59% complete, well ahead of average. The Soybean harvest is 77% complete. Statewide 64% of the corn has been shelled and 80% of the soybeans have been harvested, that puts the Hoosier state ahead of the other Corn Belt states on harvest. David Cosgray, DuPont Pioneer agronomist in NW Indiana, says things are ever further along in his area, “I would say soybeans are approaching 90% and corn about 60%.” He added that crop moisture levels have been falling for the past few weeks, “We have corn in the 14% to 17% range and soybeans in the 9% to 13% range.” This quick dry down helped even out field conditions and made for easier harvest and storage. Cosgray says the harvest will be complete in the next few weeks, “In my area, a lot of guys will be finished in the next 10 days if the weather holds.”
Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Ryan Martin says the forecast for this week looks good for letting the combines roll, “Moisture remains at a premium across the region. We had been hopeful for a front or two this week to bring some good moisture chances. But, it would appear as though our atmosphere is just plain too dry. We have two fronts coming through this week, and neither are bringing spectacular opportunities.”
After harvest comes the analysis and the planning for next year. Cosgray says, given the kind of weather we had this year, getting good data on your hybrids may be difficult, “Given the amount of water we had on some farms, it is going to be hard to get good data from our fields. I recommend guys look at hybrid performance across a wide area, perhaps even several states. Look for consistent performance across a wide variety of conditions.”
Hear the complete report on the agronomy page.