Harvest Time in the Midwest

Larry Bradshaw FAF Development News Release

2013 is a year many farmers in the upper mid-west will not want to repeat. Due to unusual weather farmers lost the majority of their alfalfa stands, suffered planting delays and in some cases were prevented planting, dealt with a late season aphid outbreak and had to hold off harvesting well into October in order to let wet corn dry.

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A late spring planting due to excessive Spring moisture.

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Heavy rains in early summer to no rain in late summer, harvest began a little behind schedule from a normal year though good to average yields were expected.

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Much of the crop is going into on-farm storage – surplus goes to town.

I’m sure there will be lessons learned that can be applied in the future, but hopefully next season will go much more smoothly.