It rained all spring. Then it rained all fall. Now, finally, farmers in Ohio and Pennsylvania are in the fields to harvest crops and get that wheat planted (way past the Hessian fly-free date). The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Ohio reports farmers have only 34 percent of the corn off (as of the week ending Nov. 6), and we know the combines were rollin’ since then, too. Soybean harvest in Ohio stands at 67 percent. Nationally, the corn harvest is at 78% done; soybeans, 87 percent.

The USDA’s crop forecast, released today (link opens the Nov. 9, 2011, pdf) predicts total U.S. corn production to be 12.3 billion bushels, the fourth largest total on record. Yields are expected to average 146.7 bushels per acre, down 6.1 bushels from last year’s primo crop season.

Soybean production is forecast at 3.05 billion bushels, down 9 percent from 2010. Yields are expected to average 41.3 bushels per acre, and, if realized, would be the second lowest average yield since 2003.

Enjoy the photos… it’s supposed to rain again today here in Ohio. What’s the harvest been like in your neck of the woods? Post a comment, or join the thread on our Facebook page.

Farm and Dairy Editor Susan Crowell has been with the paper since 1985, serving as its editor since 1989. Raised on a farm in Holmes County, she is a graduate of Kent State University.
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