A Springfield-area farmer says the yields could be excellent â€“ in areas where the moisture is not too much.
Larry Beaty says he defines â€śexcellentâ€ť as more than 200 bushels per acre for corn. Otherwise, â€śitâ€™s probably been running around 25 percent moisture â€¦ the weather has been hot, and itâ€™s been humid, and the corn just hasnâ€™t been drying down very goodâ€ť â€“ or very fast.
Fields which look ready to harvest turn out to be too wet, he says. â€śEveryoneâ€™s got different opinions on when they can harvest â€¦ itâ€™s up to the individual farmer whether he can take it at 20 percent (moisture) or wait until it gets to 15 percent.â€ť
There will be no USDA crop progress report until the partial shutdown of the federal government is over.