With autumn comes harvest, and local yields have been variable.
"From what I’ve been able to hear from others and from my own farm, corn yields have been average to greater than average," Porter County farmer Tim Stoner said.
"Soybeans yields are just a little disappointing. But, there is a lot of geography in Northwest Indiana and some fields got rain and others didn’t get quite as much needed and timely precipitation."
Stoner said the grain markets have softened some since the last quarter and are down significantly from highs posted this time last year.
"But, it’s important to have some perspective, given that the prices farmers will receive from the marketplace is still historically high," he said.
Stoner reported some softening in commodity prices that grain may be worried about in the new year.
"But, the end users of grain are gladly taking advantage of the lower prices," he said.