Farmers Finally Getting Good Start on Harvest

Over the past week or two, area farmers have finally been able to get out in the fields to start the harvest.

The USDA says the corn harvest more than doubled this past week, with 15-percent of the corn now out of the fields – compared to seven percent last week. But that’s still eleven days behind normal.

Ryan Kluesner farms near Worthington. He says those heavy rains prevented them from starting the harvest earlier.

We caught up with Earlville farmer Eric Brehm on Tuesday when winds were gusting up to 45 miles per hour.

Dale Manternach, who farms southwest of Manchester, says a little sunshine would go a long way.

Sunshine should stick around today, with a few clouds moving in tomorrow. The next chance for rain and snow comes our way next Tuesday into Wednesday.

Kevin Hoeger, who farms between Delhi and Earlville, says he’s happy to see that yields are close to last year. The soybean harvest had a big gain this past week – from 17 percent to 48 percent, four days ahead of last year and five days behind average.


photos courtesy of Rob Edwards and Mike Johnson/KMCH