Wetter than average October creates sluggish corn, soybean harvest in West Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
West Michigan has had more rain than usual, which has made a sluggish harvest of corn and soybeans.
Corn and soybeans need to be dried and the wet October has required farmers to take the product to drying houses, which raises the cost.
West Michigan has seen 4.6 inches of rain from Oct. 1 to the first week in November, which is about 25 percent above average. Overall, the year, measured from October 2017, was the second wettest in 123 years.
Soybeans are particularly vulnerable because the pods can shatter if left in the field too long in the winter.