Corn harvest not what farmers hoped for
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:15:00 GMT —
Due to a drought that the Tri-State area is currently in, farmers found some of their lowest corn harvest yields in years.
Dennis Dempsey runs Dempsey Farms and said that in his life he had never seen results as low as this year.
Dempsey said his farm had yields of only seventy bushels per acre, which is less than half of a regular year's production. He said that some farms had a yield of zero.
Dempsey himself explained that the drought also gave fear to farmers that a fungus called aflatoxin may have infected the already small crop yield that they already have. This would make the infected crop useless to human and cattle consumption.
According to Dempsey, he is usually just in the beginning stages of the corn harvest in mid September. This year, he had to start the harvest in mid August.
Dempsey Farms began in 1850 and is a family farm. Other than corn, Dempsey grows soy beans and owns cattle.
He said that since the corn harvest ended early, his job is now waiting for soy beans to ripen.