Depending on where you are in the country, harvest is most likely well under way, or for a lucky few of you, complete. With this post, we’re beginning a new series featuring Harvest Reports from Case IH Combine Product Specialists based throughout North America. Case IH product specialists are located in the field close to the customers and dealers they support. They bring a unique level of local specialized product expertise to the dealers and customers they support. Our guest blogger for this week is Ryan G. Miller, the Case IH Combine Product Specialist, supporting customers and dealers in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Ryan, who originally is from western Kansas, brings previous industry experience and knowledge with him in his second full harvest season with Case IH.
Harvest is coming to a close in Kentucky. With about two-thirds of the corn and soybean crop planted late, coupled with a dry summer, we expected yields to be average to below average, and that is where they’re coming in. On the other hand, in southern- to mid-Indiana and Ohio, the soybean harvest is wrapping up and yields, surprisingly, are average to above average. Corn harvest is starting or underway in these areas as well, and is moving along quickly.
Case IH Axial-Flow combines have performed very well to date. They’ve really shined in areas where it’s been dry because of the Case IH AFX Rotor design which promotes grain on grain threshing and is more gentle on a dry, fragile crop. The result is less grain damage and more money in your pocket!
There seems to be a lot of interest in the new Axial-Flow 30 Series combines announced this fall – their increase in horsepower, improved fuel economy, SCR technology and new, faster unloading rates have caused a lot of excitement. If you have questions about your combine, feel free to submit your question here, and I or one of my colleagues can contact you directly or post a general response here.
Come back to the Be Ready Blog Thursday for our next Harvest Report from our Case IH combine product specialist in Kansas, Dan Renaud. For more information on average yields across the country, check out the interactive U.S. Soybean Harvest Map and U.S Corn Harvest Map created by AgWeb.com.