Short window for good weather challenges the harvest

Friday, November 2, 2018

With an exceptionally wet October, farmers are pushing their combines to finish the harvest quickly.

“It’s been a challenge with the wet weather,” said Wayne Pingel, grain department manager at First Cooperative Association, “but things have squared around.” He said there has much quite a bit of progress in the last two weeks.

A final push through this week before more heavy rain forecasted this weekend helped bring in a good chunk of the fields.

“This year we had instances where corn was harvested prior to soybeans,” said Brent Low, Vice President of Ag Partners. “Even though there was an ebb and flow to when the crop came in, we had the space necessary.”

For Ag Partners, storage at the County Fairgrounds is a standard part of their fall strategy. Low noted that corn has been a bit wetter this year than last year, but nothing beyond drying capabilities.

Pingel says the volume received this year is no heavier than normal, given the volumes brought to the elevators in such a short period. Up to 1.5 million bushels per day have been seen at times.

Yields are varying over First Cooperative’s territory, with beans coming in at 65 to 75 bushels per acre, and corn at 225 to 250 bushels per acre. Pingel says that yield is about standard.

Bean harvests are virtually complete with corn standing around 60 to 65 percent harvested for First Cooperative’s territory. “A week of good weather would wrap corn up,” he said. “I would certainly like to be done by mid-November.”

The 150 mile radius territory of Ag Partners has seen 95 percent of soybeans and 70 to 75 percent of corn brought in based on receipts, Low said.

Only time and the mercy of the weather in November will tell when the harvest will be complete.