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How fast are you harvesting corn?

Photo by Ben Nuelle

* Story Courtesy of the Farmers Business Network 

Do you like to race through harvest from the combine cab, or do you prefer slower corn harvest speeds?

The Farmers Business Network (FBN) is looking into network trends in combine speed when farmers are harvesting corn. As always, we do this by analyzing aggregated data contributed anonymously by FBN network members.

At what speed are farmers typically harvesting corn?

On average during the past four years, 66-percent of acres represented in the FBN network are harvested at 3.5-5 miles per hour.

corn harvest speed data

There are, of course, regional differences in corn harvest speed.

Where are farmers harvesting corn at top speeds (and slowest speeds)?

FBN network farmers in North Dakota are harvesting corn at top speeds, an average of 4.7 mph, while Kentucky farmers in the FBN network are harvesting corn at slowest speeds—3.5 mph on average.

corn harvest speed by state dataHow have harvest speeds changed over time?

Interestingly, farmers in the FBN network have been harvesting at slower speeds in recent years, though only slightly—within one-half mile per hour.