MIDDLETON, Ind. — With cooler temperatures and changing
leaves, it certainly feels like harvest time in Indiana.
Some farmers across the state have begun bringing in their
crops. After a season full of highs and lows, the time for farmers to reap the
benefits of their hard work has arrived.
David Howell, a farmer from Middleton, started harvesting
corn at the end of September. He said harvest so far is going smoothly.
“We had quite a bit of early-delivery premium, and we wanted
to take advantage of that,” said Howell, who farms land in several counties in
north-central Indiana. “The quality is quite good.
“The yield is good, but not as good as it could be. The
kernels are much smaller than they normally would have been. It looks good, but
it’s a little bit of a disappointment compared to what it could be because of
the shortage of rainfall in August.”
According to Howell, the weather during the first week of
harvest was ideal.
It is early in the harvest process, but everything is going
well so far.
“We had I think the best potential crop that I’d ever had
until there in August when we had a dry spell, so it’s kind of a letdown,”
In spite of the letdown, he expects continued high quality
throughout the season.
Ron Hudson, a farmer in Patoka, had a similar harvest story
“We started harvesting corn about three weeks ago, and we’re
still working on it,” he explained. “It looks well above normal — about 20 to 30
bushels above normal. We’re at above 200 bushels here.
“Moisture dried down to about 23 now. It started about 31-
or 32-percent moisture. Soybeans look like they are very good, above normal.
Most guys in the area have not started beans yet. A lot will be harvested here
in the next two weeks.”
Hudson said there have been numerous challenges throughout
the growing season. The main obstacle was a strong thunderstorm that came
through Labor Day weekend.
“It blew about 300 acres of our corn down,” Hudson said.
“Along with that, you have higher fuel, labor and repair costs. It makes for a
On the bright side, Hudson, like Howell, agreed that weather
should be ideal for harvest.
“That’s the encouraging side of it,” he said.