Another big harvest week steams by
If the harvest pace continues for corn and soybeans, Craig Solberg's prediction could prove dead-on.
"I still fully believe that most of this year's Midwest harvest will be done by the end of October," the Freese-Notis Weather, inc., ag meteorologist said Monday morning.
Corn and soybean harvest progress both shot beyond the previous average pace in the last week, with 47% of the corn crop out of the field and 69% of the soybeans harvested, compared to the previous averages of 41% and 61%, respectively. That means farmers harvested 14% and 18% of the corn and soybean crops in the last 7 days as of Sunday, respectively.
Harvest progress is anything but consistent; There are a lot of empty soybean fields in the western Corn Belt, while others in the eastern stretch of the region are just getting started on beans after focusing more on corn in the last week to 10 days. Though progress has been brisk in the first 2 weeks of October, rainfall is slowing the pace in some areas.
"Any sizable amounts of rain will put us on the sidelines until it freezes up," says Indiana farmer and Agriculture.com Crop Talk member nwobcw. "It's getting late; usually wrapping things up by now."
Despite areas where there will be harvest delays this week, Solberg says he expects another week of fairly solid progress overall.
"This is going to be a big harvest week for the western Corn Belt. Some rains will fall in southern parts of that area today, but amounts will not be heavy and the rest of the week will be dry," he says. "Harvest progress will be made today in the eastern Corn Belt, but will be shutting down there tomorrow as rain becomes widespread and especially Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio may see precipitation right through Thursday."