TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The harvest season has begun, and farmers across the Wabash Valley are experiencing bigger yields than usual.
Brad Burbrink is a Partner at Be-N-Ag farms and he credited the excess rain the area received over the summer for the great start to the season.
“The crop was utilizing that water that we were getting all summer long to put yield into the soybeans and corn,” Burbrink said. “We felt like we were going to have a good crop.”
An exceptional start to the season is what a farmer hopes for, but Burbrink said the October and November months are critical for the overall success of the yield.
“We as farmers always hope to have a dry October and even November for harvest,” Burbrink explained. “Now is a critical time in a farmer’s life of going and bringing out of the fields everything you’ve worked for all year long.”
Fred L. Wilson Jr., President of F.L. Wilson Inc., echoed the same claim that the next few months are vital for farmers. However, he said bad weather is something you prepare for.
“In the fall, the crops are made and so we’re not really looking for a whole lot of rain,” Wilson said. “I think that anybody that’s been in it for as long as I have has seen the worst of the worst and the best of the best.”
As good as this hot start has been, Wilson acknowledged what you learn from this season may not work for next season.
“Of course, the next season is usually different than the previous season,” Wilson said.