Area farmers, grain handling facilities ready for harvest season

Area elevators, ethanol plants and farmers are ready for the fall harvest season to get in full swing. Unseasonably warm temperatures Sept. 17-24 saw crops changing colors overnight. Some beans were harvested prior to cool temperatures and rain Sept. 25.

“In 2017, many again struggled to plant in a timely manner, and, once it was in the ground, many areas got dry and stayed that way through much of June and July. Some neighborhoods received some rainfall during that time, and it made a large difference. We were fortunate to cool temperatures down in late July and into August, allowing our beans to end up in pretty good shape, and allowing the corn kernels to develop well, also. I think the overall average will be pretty good, but the range from the good fields to the bad ones will  likely be very wide. Spotty rainfall events during the growing seasons make for varied yield results,” said Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist.

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