WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With only a few days left in August, soybean farmers were pondering the idea of fall harvest and when it will take place this year.

Due to the extremely wet spring and delayed planting conditions, as of the Aug. 12 crop report, much of Indiana’s soybean crop was in the R3 stage, or just beginning the pod growth stage.

However, Shaun Casteel, a Purdue University associate professor of agronomy, still is optimistic that farmers will still have a decent, but later than usual harvest.

At a recent crop outlook event, Casteel said that he was predicting that half of the Hoosier soybean crop would reach the R7, or leaf shedding stage, by the first week of October.

Casteel noted that if the crop reaches that leaf shedding stage during the first days of October, farmers should be able to harvest by mid October, instead of the last week of September, which is when soybeans typically are harvested.

Casteel said that he is predicting the other 50% of the state’s soybean crop wouldn’t reach the R7 stage until mid to late October.

The agronomy expert said that depending when they hit the leaf shedding stage, some of those soybeans may not be ready to be harvested until the end of October stretching into the first week of November.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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