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Sunny but Many Still Waiting for Fields to Dry Down


HAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin has been forecasting our current sunny and rain-free period since last week, but he has also warned of cold temperatures and very slow dry down out in Indiana corn and soybean fields. After all the rain it has not been a perfect harvest recipe.

In a yield check, Luke Hesterman concurs. He is a northeast Indiana local field sales representative for Specialty Hybrids.

“I would say we’ve been on pause for going on a week and a half to 2 weeks, touch and go in some areas but the larger part of the area received anywhere from 3.5 to 5 inches of rain 10 days ago,” he said. “As you said these cold, wet temperatures have not allowed things to dry out and I think some guys are just getting back in the fields today. Not all guys. I think we need a couple more days of this and it’s still going to be questionable, but you run the equation this time of year and it’s just time to get it.”

He estimates that 60 percent of corn is harvested, and 65-70 percent of bean fields are complete. But after a heavy hit of tar spot, harvest started with those infested corn fields.

“I would say that corn, and we touched on it last time we spoke, the areas that had tar spot we knew that the standability was questionable, so guys actually went out and got it early so we got a pretty good start on corn but once those acres were off they did switch back to soybeans and it’s been touch and go with the weather.”

Tar spot fields got hit hard on the yield monitor.

“Fifty to 75 bushel most places and timing of fungicide was everything,” Hesterman told HAT. “Some guys got fungicide on too early, and we ran out, and they were going back in for a rescue attempt because the tar spot moved in so late, and it was a little too late for that. Then with the amount of acres that had fungicide on this year were pushed back a little bit from aerial applications. The timing of that was impeccable and they saw 20-30 bushel on that and had good crop. Lots of variability, and it’s all dependent on planting date, location, and application timing of the fungicide.”

While Hesterman says when the field allows it’s time to go get the crop again, he also urges safety in the process. Hear more in the HAT interview:

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