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October 15, 2014

Harvest mostly getting done

By Chris Erickson

Most small grains have been harvested throughout Mercer County and beyond, and that means the harvest has moved on to other crops by this time.
According to Mercer County Extension Agent Craig Askim, nearly all of the small grains that were recoverable have been recovered, with some lower quality crops still in the fields.
“It’s really hard to tell, but I would say that 90 percent of what is harvestable is harvested,” Askim said. “About 10 percent is left, but it’s hard to determine whether or not that will get harvested because of quality issues. Pretty much all of the small grains - wheat and barley - is harvested.”
Askim said other crops were slightly behind, which was normal for the harvest itself.
“Soybeans and edible beans are about 75 percent harvested,” he noted. “Sunflowers and corn are still about two weeks out before what gets harvested for grain is pulled in. We’re not sitting too bad, although weather stretched the harvest out.”
He added that since the spring planting had been delayed by up to three weeks in places due to wet weather, the fall harvest had been pushed back as well. Further early fall wetness had stalled operations. Yields had turned out better than expected but the overall quality of the crops had slightly suffered.
“The yields on the small grains were excellent, but the quality as far as protein was below average,” Askim said. “So it’s kind of a mixed bag as far as the quality. There was a vomitoxin issue in winter wheat, which made it nearly unmarketable. The soybean and pinto bean yields were about average. I would say that sunflower and corn harvests will be about average.”

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