Bean harvest is in full swing and possibly a little ahead of time these days in Van Wert County. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Bean harvest is in full swing and possibly a little ahead of time these days in Van Wert County. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – Van Wert County Ohio State University Extension director Curtis Young said on Wednesday that one of the big challenges ahead for area farmers taking in this year’s harvest is where to store all of the abundant grain that is in the process of being harvested.

“Some of the farmers might have to pile some of their overflowing harvest on the ground and wait for a place to sell it,” said Young. “The bean yield is going to be impressive, possibly 10 to 15 bushels above the county average as low yields.

“Some of the low yields that I’ve heard have been 75 bushels an acre and then it goes up from there,” continued Young. “The county average is 50-54 bushels an acre.

“It seems like the soybeans changed overnight, from full canopy to bare sticks ready for harvest,” continued Young.

Young affirmed that this has been a good year for soybeans, with excellent growing conditions of higher temperatures and regular rains. He noted that the moisture content has been some of the most consistent in a long time.

“The corn crop dried down very regularly this year,” continued Young. “Farmers had a very timely planting season. Then there were some very good drying conditions and warm temperatures. There are some potential issues with corn waiting in the fields to be harvested including ear rot and potential stalk rot.

“If stalks bend down too quickly there can be severe lodging,” observed Young. “As fast as corn matured, it’s good to assess the fields to make sure of what is really there.

“Fields need to be looked at more closely,” continued Young. “Ears not bending down as quickly could be having problems. If the moisture runs down the ear, it challenges possible rot and the feeding potential of that grain.”

In addition to the growing harvest, Young said that there is already a goodly amount of wheat being planted, possibly more than the past several years. He said that optimal time for planting wheat is the very end of September and the first part of October.

Young said that he has already seen wheat coming out of the ground and getting established. He noted that he fears that some of the wheat could have been planted too soon.

“The weather service is predicting a possible rainy spell over the next few days,” continued Young. “If that happens, farmers need to be patient. They have a good jump on the harvest and those days will return again.”