How will wacky summer weather affect the corn crop?

Local harvest delayed

OLATHE, Kans. - Corn is an ingredient in a lot of what we eat. That's why the corn crop is important not only to farmers, but consumers.

So how is the grain growing locally?

Olathe area farmer Tom Boehm is a little reassured by the rustling sounds of his slowly drying corn crop. He needs it dry to harvest it

"It's not gonna be any bin buster, but it's gonna be better than last year," he said.

Boehm admits that's not saying much. Even doubling last year's yields will give him a pretty average harvest.

"The last three years it's just been really strange. I mean, we've had two years of drought and then we'd have some time when we'd get a lot of rain," he said.

It's tough making a living in a business that depends on the right kind of weather at the right time. This summer's weather was a little off the beat for many farmers.

Boehm should be busy harvesting corn right now. Instead he's waiting and testing his corn's moisture.

He and his dad have about 400 acres of corn and 600 acres of beans. They raise 120 head of cattle and sell some hay. The diversity helps them stay afloat if disaster strikes any single crop.

This warm and windy weather is ideal. Even with a day of rain in the forecast, Boehm's optimistic. But waiting to harvest will delay planting winter wheat.

In the meantime, he observed the results of the moisture test of his corn.

"It's still probably several weeks off," he said of his harvest.

Boehm hopes when the harvest finally comes, it turns out to be worth the wait.

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