Be Fully Prepared for These 2020 Harvest Projections

January 4, 2020 12:19 am Published by Leave your thoughts

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the harvest this year should be much bigger than initially expected—which means corn futures are falling, and your crops will require a lot more work than you might have counted on come harvest time. This year, the corn harvest alone will generate nearly 14 billion bushels, with the soybean harvest producing an estimated 3.68 billion bushels.

The USDA also estimates that the wheat harvest will generate 1.98 billion bushels—over 96 million bushels more than the previous harvest.

On the other side of the coin, demand is estimated to be about the same as last year, increasing by only 127 million bushels.

As a provider of conveyor components in Lubbock, TX, our team pays close attention to what’s going on in the agricultural industry. Here’s some more information about what 2020 seems to have in store.

Wet spring and fall impacting crops

Thanks to an unusually wet spring and autumn during the 2019-2020 planting and harvest months, farmers are having a slower time than usual harvesting their abundance of crops—and that means there’s a delay in planting the next round. In addition to the weather, there’s also a propane shortage affecting the harvest. Since the weather ensured the harvest time came at the same time in eight different midwestern states, propane was in high demand and farmers struggled to have enough to use for the harvest.

Propane is crucial because the crops need to dry out enough to be processed. In a wet and rainy season, this is achieved by taking it indoors and letting propane-fueled heaters dry the crops out.

Additionally, the colder it gets, the harder it is to get crops out of the field and processed. Right now, beet and potato crops in Minnesota are trapped under the frozen ground, a casualty of not being harvested in time. As snow and rain falls, overdue aboveground crops are exposed to the elements and rot quickly, leaving millions of bushels of perfectly good food to go to waste.

This all indicates that the harvest season, while prolific, has many challenges that will affect processing and planting the next season’s crops. Since time is of the essence, farmers and processing plants will not be able to afford to lose time dealing with broken-down machinery or components. That’s why you should call M.B. McKee Company, Inc. when you need industrial parts, supplies and components fast. The 2020 season might be challenging, but we are here to support your industrial or agricultural operation throughout the upcoming year.

Get conveyor and industrial components for your crops in Lubbock, TX

M.B. McKee Company, Inc. is your one-stop shop for industrial parts, supplies and components you need for your commercial, industrial and agricultural machinery. Your business is our business, so we’ll do our best to make sure that you’re never stuck without a crucial component. As the 2020 harvest season approaches, make sure you have what you need to make it a successful season despite the odds. Call M.B. McKee Company, Inc. for more information about our selection and services.

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