It’s becoming easier to see around corners and across fields in some parts of Hancock County as farmers begin harvesting their corn and soybeans.
Historically, harvest season can begin during the third week of September if the growing season has been good, but heavy harvesting most usually occurs from mid-October to late November, weather permitting, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The unusually dry weather in August and September has accelerated the timetable.
Figures for the week ending Sept. 23 show 6 percent of the state’s corn crop has been harvested with the vast majority – some 91 percent – currently in the dent stage, or about two to three weeks away from full maturity.
Hoosier farmers have brought in about 4 percent of the state’s soybeans, with 67 percent of the crop now shedding leaves. That’s a key indicator of harvest readiness.