You will find plenty of happy farmers traveling to and from their fields as their harvest operations continue this week. Last week’s United States Department of Agriculture Crop Progress report showed the corn silage harvest was 39 percent complete, which is ten days behind last year’s pace. Rio Creek Feed Mill agronomist Andy Barta says the corn silage harvest is a little further ahead in Door and Kewaunee counties, estimating that it has hit its halfway point. He says farmers are happy about what they have been able to bring in so far from the fields.
Barta expects their Luxemburg and Rio Creek locations to start getting even busier in the coming days as soybeans become more mature. The USDA says soybeans coloring is at 90 percent, and 54 percent have dropped their leaves, one of the final cues for farmers to get out to those fields to harvest. Soybeans are about a week behind from where they were last year.