Harvest still lags, but not critically delayed yet
This year’s harvest has yet to entirely catch up from wet conditions earlier in the season, but it’s slowly marching toward completion.
“People are still going at it,” said Shane Anderson of Frenchman Valley Co-op Elevator. “It’s pretty slow here.”
Anderson said he wasn’t sure how far behind harvest remains — “My days kind of run together,” he said — but “I don’t know if we’re halfway done.”
He said that puts the area about on par with the last couple of harvests; last year, corn still was being harvested at the end of December, and two years ago harvest stretched into January and February.
Hail damage a few weeks ago could have knocked per-acre yields down a bit, he said.
Last week, when the first snow of the season fell on the area, the elevator did not take a load of grain after Monday.
“Now, it’s going to be a a long, drawn-out process,” he said. “It’s a waiting game after a snow like this.”
Bob Klein, University of Nebraska Western Nebraska crop specialist in North Platte, said that while soybeans and most other crops are out, corn producers are still stalled as they wait for fields to dry. But “now it’s getting down to where they’re really hitting it pretty hard in a lot of areas.”
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