Cold Conditions Temporarily Pause Harvest Ahead of Warmer Weather This Weekend

So far in Michigan, 22 percent of corn has been harvested for grain and 49 percent of soybeans have been harvested, according to the USDA as of Oct. 16.

While favorable weather conditions over the past six weeks have helped Michigan’s farmers through the harvest season, the recent frost and cold temperatures earlier this week have temporarily put a pause on harvest.

Gary Parr with Parr Farm Seed – a Specialty Hybrids dealer. Parr also manages his farm in Eaton County, Michigan.

“We’ve had a rain-snow mix the last few days, so that has pretty much halted soybean harvest,” says Gary Park with Parr Farm Seed – a Specialty Hybrids dealer.

Park says green-stemmed beans have been a concern this harvest. He hopes that a hard-killing freeze will come soon to help kill the plants off and dry the stems down.

Temperatures near Lansing and across southcentral Michigan are expected to warm back up around 66 degrees on Friday. Highs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are likely to hit the mid-70’s.

Click BELOW to hear the FULL Podcast interview with Gary Park with Parr Farm Seed – a Specialty Hybrids dealer – as he provides a harvest update for Eaton County and southcentral Michigan.