Just as in other areas of the Southeast, north Florida’s corn acreage was expected to increase significantly this year.
In the Suwannee Valley of Florida, on both sides of the Suwannee River through north Florida and including Columbia County, farmers grew 25,000 acres of corn in 2012. This year, corn acres are expected to be up by about 30 percent over this eight-county area, with a significant amount of irrigated peanuts shifting to corn.
Dairies and row crop farmers who sell corn silage to dairy and beef farmers are busy in the fields harvesting this week. We have had good drying conditions after receiving consistent rainfall every day last week, which hampered progress.
The video footage here is from two different custom harvest crews. One is a local custom harvester and the other crew is from Jamestown, N.Y. Jamestown is in the far southwest corner of New York, sandwiched between Lake Erie and Pennsylvania. The New Yorkers are harvesting locally and moving into Georgia to chop more acres before heading north.
The video shows silage chopping, field hauling, road hauling and packing as done by many farmers in the area.
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