Crawford County farmers continue to harvest corn fields in very suitable weather, but many may be concerned about their other crops.
Wildcat Extension Agent Josh Coltrain said warm, dry weather has been great for corn harvest, but is affecting soybeans. While soybeans are still maturing, lack of water can cause damage.
“There hasn’t really been any weather delay for corn harvest, which is great if farmers are only growing corn,” Coltrain said. “But almost nobody has just corn, and soybeans could have used a drink a long time ago.”
Coltrain said he hoped the area wouldn’t see as long of a stretch of dry weather, but that soybeans are being affected.
“Damage has definitely been done to some soybeans,” he said. “Right now, how much damage is really the question.”
Coltrain estimated corn harvest to be about 75 percent done, but it will still be awhile before harvest is complete.
“I’m confident saying the majority of harvest is done,” Coltrain said. “But some of the later planted corn is really not that close to being ready. It will be awhile before we’re actually done harvesting corn.”
Yields are still being reported as low as the upper 80s — bushels per acre — and as high as 170. Coltrain said the average is somewhere in between, and that farmers on both the high and low ends were surprised — albeit with different reactions.
Even though soybeans are suffering from dry weather, there is good news. The threat of damage from podworms and stink bugs is moving out.
“We’re getting out of the time for podworm and stink bug damage in general,” Coltrain said. “Only those farmers with very late planted soybeans should still have concerns.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.