Harvest progress has been halted due to rain throughout much of Indiana. Howard County farmer Denny Maple told Hoosier Ag Today that he is hopeful to get back in the field Friday after receiving over 6.5 inches of rain in the past three and a half weeks. He says every time they feel like the ground has dried enough to support equipment, they get another rain.
Maple is happy with his early yields this harvest season. His soybean yields are in the 60s and, “corn’s got a lot of volume this year. We’re getting good yields on our corn. More bushels to harvest and it takes a little bit longer for the handling, but really appreciate getting the bigger yields this year.”
While yields are promising, he says there are still some issues facing farmers in the area.
“Our corn is still standing pretty well. I’ve seen some corn down. Of course, that needs to get harvested as soon as they can or they’ll have higher crop losses. With soybeans, there were a few guys that harvested the first of the week in our area and the moisture level wasn’t quite what the market wanted. I think most of them are putting them in the bin to put some air on them.”
Maple says they’re also seeing soybean pod and stem blight, something that they haven’t seen much of in that part of the state in the past.
“We’re pretty certain it was initialized by stink bugs and bean leaf beetles piercing the pods and letting the fungus get in there. It actually turns the beans black. I’ve heard of damage as high as 18%-20% on some fields.”
Maple serves on the boards of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the National Corn Growers Association.