Harvest Headaches: Producers could have a short window to get in the field

As harvest season approaches, a scientist suggests current weather conditions could create a short window for Midwest producers to get out in the field.

He says the El Niño weather pattern took longer than anticipated and could become greater in the fall, leading to cooler temperatures in October. In the Midwest, the first frost is around October 20th; however, it could happen earlier, which will cause major issues.

An agronomist says this year’s dry conditions could also cause some quality challenges during harvest. While some recent rains helped ease drought stress, she says producers are not out of the woods due to corn taking a hit during a key silking stage causing issues with potassium deficiency.