October snow has led to a fall harvest halt. U of M Ag Educator Nathan Drewitz says at the start of the week over 60 percent of the acres had been harvested, and he says farmers were going hard over the past few days knowing the snow was coming in. He says they’ll now have to wait for the snow to melt and for the ground to be solid again before they can get the combines and trucks back out in the fields:

“Well I know from last year’s experience and heading into this year’s experience that if they get an opportunity in December, you’ll see combines running in December. There are pictures of guys just finishing up corn harvest in March of April of last year.”

Drewitz says up until this point it had been a relatively smooth harvest season with the corn silage out early, and the combines starting already in late September.   He says the corn moisture levels were coming in between 10 and 20 percent which means the farmers haven’t had to dry as much corn this year either.