According to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report, 30 percent of Michigan’s corn and 55 percent of the state’s soybeans are now harvested.
Both percentages remain well behind their respective five-year averages of 41 and 65 percent for corn and soybeans.
Dan Cable, a Field Sales Representative with Specialty Hybrids based out of Monroe County, says that harvest progress overall continues to lag behind.
“There’s a lot of folks who are just now getting started on their corn harvest,” says Cable, as Michigan farmers have had to battle through a dry summer, disease pressure from fungi impacting corn and soybean yields, and now a surplus of moisture that is keeping harvest running behind schedule.
“The fields are wet and sloppy,” says Cable. “It’s hard on equipment, it takes time, and it puts us in a bad place for next year’s planting if we’re tearing it all up this fall trying to get this crop out. I really wish we could just get some nice weather. It doesn’t have to be warm. It just needs to quit raining and have the sun shine. That would be nice.”
Click below to hear Michigan Ag Today’s full interview with Dan Cable with Specialty Hybrids as he describes harvest conditions and yield reports for Michigan’s corn and soybeans.