EGG HARBOR - The late-season warm weather we're enjoying has been good news for the corn crop in Northeast Wisconsin.
And it's still helping what has already been a bumper harvest so far.
But for now, that harvest is on a little bit of a break.
Silage is already finished in many places and the grain harvest yet to get going.
This does, however, give farmers a chance to see how things are going, and the news is positive.
According to Dean Volenberg, agricultural agent with the Door County UW-Extension, "We've had such great high quality yields for silage corn here this year. Our yield has been about 24 tons on average, I'd say, it's gonna run in the county, which is double the county average for a normal year. Typically on an normal year, the fields usually will only yield 12-14 tons per acre."
And this is despite the fact many fields were planted later than usual.
It's made for a later harvest than usual, by a couple weeks.
And if the grain harvest is to also exceed averages, this mild weather will have to stick around and we'll have to avoid any hard freezes.
It's got local farmers like Dennis Schopf, owner of Schopf's Hilltop Dairy and the Dairy View Country Store in Egg Harbor, looking forward to that second harvest.
"The corn did good. We probably got some of the best corn that I've ever seen grow on our farm. It's gonna be exciting to get out there with the combine and start harvesting it," said Schpof.
And another reason why Schopf is excited for the good corn crop is because of his corn maze.
In leaner years, the people have been taller than the stalks.
This year, that's not going to be a problem.
Elsewhere the agricultural agent for the UW-Extension office in Outagamie County, Kevin Jarek, said the corn harvest has gone very similarly to how it has gone in Door County.
He said it's been great for silage, but for grain to follow suit, they'll have to avoid any hard freezes as well.
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