Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Productive harvest so far

October 10, 2001

Combines and tractors make the methodical trips up and down the rows of the crops that are ready to harvest, only stopping to fill the backs of farm trucks.

The farm trucks then make the trips from the fields to the grain elevators with mounds of corn or soybeans or milo peaking over the tops of the beds, which often having to wait in line before unloading. Then they return to the fields to start the whole process over again.

It's a familiar scene around Douglas County as fall harvest kicks into full gear.

Steve Wilson, owner of the Baldwin Feed Co., said this year's harvest has been productive.

"It had been really good before the rain," Wilson said. "The dry spell really helped getting the crops out of the fields."

He said a majority of the crops in Douglas County are corn, soybeans and milo.

"Yield wise, this year's been better than average," he said.

Jonathan Alley, Farm Service Agency's county executive director, attributes the good year to favorable weather.

"We had some timely rains during the summer," Alley said.

He said he's heard reports of 180 to 190 bushels of corn this year. The average is usually around 110 bushels.

"The rain really helped," Alley said.

the streak of dry weather a week ago, he said, was important in helping the farmers get into the fields.

"The last couple of weeks have been tremendous for them," he said.

But it's not all good news, even with higher yields, Wilson said.

"The yields are better, but the prices aren't really good," he said.

But despite the lower prices, the crops will still continue to roll into the elevators if the weather cooperates.

"If we get another two to three weeks of dry weather, that will really help," Wilson said.

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