The mindset of custom harvesters is to adapt to changing cropping patterns. U.S. Custom Harvesters Incorporated board member Dane Dolechek says acres have switched away from wheat to what are considered summer crops. “Farmers are covering acres with their own machines, putting in more soybeans and corn,” explains Dolechek. “That definitely changes the dynamic. It’s come down south here. We’ve lost acres to cotton and other crops like that, too.” Kansas wheat acres are expected to be down for 2019, but Dolechek isn’t sure what will happen until harvest. “It was so wet last fall. Farmers had to replant and couldn’t get the crop in the ground. We’ve also had some warm days the last couple of weeks and the crop is sprouting a little out of the ground, but we don’t know where we’ll be.”
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