With harvest set to begin in in a matter of days in some areas, there are some issues that growers may be facing. Yields are expected to be very good for most growers and most will want to capture as much of that yield as possible. Greg Baird, with Growmark FS in Tipton County, says stalk integrity may be an issue facing corn growers this fall, “With the lingering hot and wet weather, there may be some concern about stalk strength. Anyone who can get into the field early and capture as much harvest as is out there I would encourage to do that.”
Dry down may be another issue. Baird says corn may mature long before it is dry enough to cut, “We have had a lot of humidity in the air and a lot of warm and humid nights, so we have not had good drying conditions.” He encourages growers to be patient and check their fields often.
As a whole, disease has not been a serious issue this season. But, in some areas, Baird has seen serious Sudden Death Syndrome and other diseases in soybean fields, ”I would also encourage growers to look for White Mold, especially if the field has had White Mold in the past,” he stated.
To help you with harvest, Hoosier Ag Today will again provide a special harvest weather advisory. Meteorologist Ryan Martin will present a day by day outlook on harvest conditions. His first report airs this Friday on HAT radio stations. You can also get his forecast calendar e-mailed to you every Saturday morning. This service is made possible by First Farmers Bank and Trust and by Kokomo Grain.