Harvest Season off to a Fast Start (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – Harvest season is officially underway in Indiana, and this year's crop is head and shoulders above 2012, in some cases literally.

This year's corn crops have already surpassed last year's productivity, and agricultural experts are saying current trends show they will likely double the number of bushels per acre of 2012.

“Yields are very good at this point because you know we are just now getting into harvest, but farmers that are getting me figures on the corn are very happy,” says Gonzalee Martin with the Allen County Extension Office. “Corn yields are almost double in some cases what they were last year, soy beans are running 10-15 bushels higher than they did last year. So farmers are quite happy."

Keeping that in mind, it's easy to see why farmers across the board are very pleased with this year's crop.

"I think everyone is going to be pretty well satisfied. Farmers are getting maximum yields, many farmers haven't seen these kind of yields in years. Farmers getting maximum yields where pork producers and other livestock industry people that were hurt because of the feed prices last year, now they are going to be able to get back into profitability."

Final figures for the 2013 harvest likely won’t be released until the beginning of 2014.




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