Harvest Report: ‘Not a Textbook Year,’ Alabama Farmer Says

October 11, 2013 12:00 AM
Harvest Report: ‘Not a Textbook Year,’ Alabama Farmer Says

It’s true that 2013 will go down as a good year financially given excellent yields on corn and expectations for soybeans, says farmer Don Glenn of Hillsboro, Ala. But despite those positives, there have been plenty of challenges, including late planting and harvest, as well as intensive field work in short bursts.

"It’s not a textbook year by any means," Glenn tells Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. "It’s a good year to have a plan and to try to stick to that plan."

Glenn’s soybeans are double-cropped behind winter wheat or canola, and he expects harvest of soybeans—which look "very good"—to begin in about a week. On his farm, work is underway to move stored corn so that more soybeans can be housed on-farm.

Most all of his corn and soybeans that can’t be stored on-farm has been marketed, and the remaining crops will be put in storage, he says. (Click here to hear Glenn talking about his corn crop this year and the technology he uses.)

"If you had a crystal ball, you’d know what to do," says Glenn, who adds that his region of Alabama uses grain for local poultry operations and has plenty of rail and river access as well.

As for a possible five-year farm bill, Glenn says the biggest factor affecting his operation is uncertainty about farm programs, including insurance.

"Most people are just fed up with it," Glenn says. " I go to Washington a couple of times a year with the state corn growers association and soybean association, and we’ve been telling them for two years we needed a farm bill and it’s time to quit playing, and they’re just not getting the message."

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