Harvest season coming to a close in the Wabash Valley

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Experts say the yield this seem to be good overall but other problems could be faced for farmers and agricultural companies.

As many farmers have already harvested their crops the next step is to get their products on a journey across the country.

Agriculture plays an important role not only to the region but for the families who have been farming for generations.

“You got all kinds of agricultural related business around here that provides jobs and keep a lot of families going so agriculture especially in the Midwest and west central Indiana in particular is huge,” Cameron Hupp, location manager for Terre Haute Gavilon Grain said.

Bob Burner with “Clay County Purdue Extension” says the crop yield has been good this year but some farmers may be on a time crunch.

“What they’re doing is not only trying to get the crops out of the field as soon as they’re ready to come out so they don’t lose anything but they’re also competing with getting into elevators,” Bob Burner, agriculture and natural resources educator for the Purdue Extension said. “Getting it prepared for shipping so that they can be stored safely. It’s a very, very big time crunch for them.”

Companies like Gavilon Grain help products change hands from farmers to their eventual destinations.

“To try and figure out what the best home for the grain is and that changes. It varies depending on market, which markets best,” Hupp said. “What’s going on there in the world.”

Burner says farmers may also feel the impact of the global shipping problem.

“A lot of these shipping containers issues and shipping bottlenecks are probably playing into it as well,” Burner said. “The elevators are going to be just as constricted as anyone else because they’re using railways and shipping trucks to be able to do their work and between the pandemic and the fallout of it. Everybody is just tight right now.”

Burner estimates that around 80 percent of crops in the area have already been harvested.

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