SKIDMORE, Mo. — In northwest Missouri, Nodaway County farmer Jason Hull said the corn won’t be the best ever, but it’s still a good crop.
“Most of the corn yields have been above average,” he said. “They’re certainly not record breaking, but they’re above average.”
Hull said during the first week of October, there wasn’t much harvesting going in his area because of off-and-on rains, with most people receiving from 2 to 3 inches of rain. Hull was able to get back in the field on Monday, Oct. 9, but that run was short lived as widespread rains, along with much cooler temperatures, moved through the area the next day.
Overall, he said the harvest progress was still decent, but maybe just a little bit behind the usual pace.
“I don’t think it’s dramatic yet, but I don’t think we’re as far along as normal,” he said. “We’re certainly not ahead of pace.”
Statewide, according to the USDA’s Missouri Crop Progress and Condition report dated Oct. 10, the state’s corn harvest was 53 percent complete, compared with 65 percent for the five-year average at that point. The Missouri soybean harvest was 22 percent complete, compared to 20 percent for the five-year average.
In the Northwest Missouri crop reporting district, the corn was 32 percent harvested. The region’s soybeans were 15 percent harvested. The region’s winter wheat was 44 percent planted and 20 percent emerged.