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Fall harvest lingers amid wet weather

December 6, 2009

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— Kansas farmers say this has been a challenging fall harvest because of the wet weather. Now they are racing against the calendar to get the last of their crops cut.

Hutchinson farmer Miles Hartman said that most years their harvest would have been in the bin nearly a month ago.

But this season they couldn’t get grain to dry enough without taking a big dock at the elevator. They also had to wait for the ground to dry out so combines could move in because it was wetter than normal this spring and summer.

Abbyville Co-op manager Steve Inslee says moisture content in the milo and corn has been up and down.

“This year’s different. It’s been crazy,” he said. “They finally cut it when they could get in and cut it.”

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 89 percent of the corn crop has been harvested. The report said 90 percent of the soybean crop and 79 percent of the sorghum crop are also in the bin.

Some fields have yielded abundant crops while others have been disappointing, Plevna farmer Dale Beck said.

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