Why is there still corn standing in the fields?

November 14, 2014

If you currently live on a farm or grew up in a farm area then you may know the answer to this question or rather the multiple reasons why corn may still be standing. However, sometimes it is easy to forget that those without an agricultural background may not understand why there is still corn in the fields. After all, it feels like they have been getting stuck behind farm equipment since September and now it is nearing Thanksgiving.

The following is a list of reasons, straight from the farmer’s mouth of why they still have corn standing:
“All my bins are full”
“I just got finished with all those late planted soybeans”
“If it ain’t one thing, it’s another”
“Breakdowns, Breakdowns, Breakdowns”
“Cows are keeping me busy”
“Too busy at full-time job”
“Oh, the guy that farms that doesn’t even live in this state”
“I told my wife I would still be farming on Thanksgiving, and I can’t let her think I don’t know what I am talking about.”

Harvest 2014 - Pflum Corn Plot 2All of the above reasons are true and just a handful or reasons why there is still corn standing in the fields. But what does this mean for the farmer if it’s starting to snow and they still have corn standing? Although it isn’t an ideal situation, corn can withhold being in these conditions better than soybeans. One downside to corn standing longer as snow flurries begin to fall is that it will have a high moisture and need to be dried in a bin before being stored or sold.

Unfortunately in some cases, corn may still be standing because some farmers become ill or get injured during this time of year. Thankfully in the farm community, a neighbor will normally help harvest their crop which is usually after theirs are done. Please be careful if you’re still trying to finish this robust harvest and enjoy your labor.

-Mark Borden, Seed Specialist