Farmers have begun the corn harvest in Daviess County and results appear to producing a lot of smiles in the fields. Corn is by far the county's top cash crop and the yields being reported so far this year are indicating this could be a golden season.
"We are getting 20 bushels an acre more than the best year we ever had," said Daviess County farmer Tom Boyd. "Our early corn is routinely making 250 bushels an acre. I think we're headed for the biggest corn crop we've ever seen around here."
Boyd isn't the only farmer in the county that is seeing a bumper crop. "We are seeing some unbelievable yields, more than 200 bushels an acre," said farmer Steve Myers. "We haven't even begun harvesting some of our best land and the crop is awfully good."
"We were expecting some good yields around the state," said Daviess County Extension Agent Scott Monroe. "Those are some pretty impressive numbers."
Those impressive numbers have the potential to impact more than just the farm. With Daviess County being so rural, money on the farm can mean a lot more money to local businesses. "It can't do anything but help the community," said Samantha Bobbitt with the Daviess County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau. "Good years on the farm usually means good years for car dealers and farm implement operations. They tend to spend a lot of money at home."
"This big crop is also going to be good for our end users like Perdue and Farbest and GPC," said Myers. "This won't be like last year where they had to pay extra and bring in corn from Wisconsin. It will be available right here."
Because of the way the spring rains fell, it appears that southern Indiana may have 2 distinctly different corn crops. One that was planted very early and one that went into the fields later. The big yields are being reported on those early fields. "We pushed pretty hard this spring to get those fields planted in between the rains. People who got out early are really doing well," said Boyd.