Minnesota Farmer


From green to gold
September 12, 2010, 9:50 pm
Filed under: Corn, Farm, harvest, Minnesota, Soybeans, weather | Tags: , , , , ,

Corn and soybean fields are rapidly turning from green to gold.

Some soybean fields have already lost all of their leaves, while others are mostly green.  Replanted beans are still green with no gold showing.  There will be some soybeans harvested here in Minnesota before the month is out.

Cattlemen who cut corn silage have mostly finished that task.  Fields of corn have rapidly lost moisture and were in danger of being too dry to make good silage.  Many started chopping before Labor Day, which I would consider an early start.

There may be a few optimistic farmers who will attempt to harvest corn in early October, but the cost of dryer fuel and good weather will cause others to wait for nature to do the drying for them.  If the weather holds I expect to see an early end for harvest this year.

Storage may be a problem for some.  I have heard of farmers who did not get all of last years harvest into town and now cannot deliver on contracts for various reasons.

Michael

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