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High moisture kicks harvest off to slow start

9/10/09 (Thu)

Dave Porsborg fired up his John Deere 9600 combine Aug. 25 and roared into a field of barley shearing a 30-foot span. He went to the end of the field, turned around, came back and stopped. He did a test by putting kernels into a gadget that records the percent of moisture within seconds. Too high. He tried another field nearby, stopped and again checked the moisture. Too high.

"I thought when I saw dust flying out the back along with the chaff, I might be able to make it work today, but there’s still too much moisture," Porsborg said.