WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – Farmers in the Wabash Valley are taking advantage of these hot, dry conditions by harvesting as many crops before our next round of rains. Last week we learned that corn yield could be affected this harvest season due to tar spot disease. Although growing corn creates obstacles for the farming community, one farmer says soy is booming!
âThings clicked. Everything fell into place this year, and things are looking good,â said Kevin Cox, owner of TST Farms in Brazil, Indiana.
On Monday, Cox and his team harvested 500 acres of soybeans. He said he’s on track to get his best performance numbers yet, but knows current terms are not final.
âSo far in the areas we have worked in everything has been 15-20% better than what we would normally have seen coming out of it, so again that can change, but for now we are really happy with what we’re seeing, âCox explained.
This year Cox decided to try something different by sowing earlier to better manage the crops. He said early planting has contributed to the success, but when it comes to farming, a lot is out of his control.
âWe can do anything right, and the thing we depend on the most is the weather, and that’s something I can’t control,â Cox said.
According to Cox, in a perfect world, there would be no rain until Thanksgiving, so he and his team can get the job done quickly and smoothly.
Cox told News 10 that the hot, dry and windy conditions not only allow farmers to work longer, but also help to naturally dry crops.