Cold Conditions Temporarily Pause Harvest Ahead of Warmer Weather This Weekend

So far in Indiana, 39 percent of corn and 57 percent of soybeans have been harvested, according to the USDA as of Oct. 16.
While favorable weather conditions over the past six weeks have helped Indiana’s farmers through the harvest season, the recent frost and cold temperatures earlier this week have temporarily put a pause on harvest.
“I would say it brought harvest to a screeching halt,” says Rob Schuman, Field Sales Representative with Specialty Hybrids. He’s lives near Columbia City in Whitley County and covers northeastern Indiana.

Rob Schuman with Specialty Hybrids, based out of Whitley County.

“We had a good run in the last ten days to two weeks, but things have stopped,” says Schuman. “The weather hopefully is going to straighten back out and get us back into some nicer conditions in terms of sunlight and warmth.”
Temperatures across northeastern Indiana are expected to warm back up around 70 degrees on Friday. Highs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are likely to hit the mid-70’s.
“Guys are going to be chopping at the bit to dive right back into these soybeans and get those knocked out,” says Schuman. “That will be priority one when we’re able to resume harvest, and then the corn will be after that.”
Schuman expects soybean harvest to draw closer to conclusion starting this weekend through the following 7 to 10 days. He says it will then be “all hands on deck” for corn harvest to be the focus of attention beginning around the first of November.
Click BELOW to hear C.J. Miller’s interview with Rob Schuman, Field Sales Representative with Specialty Hybrids based in Whitley County as he discusses harvest progress and soybean yields across northeastern Indiana.

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