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Area Crops Nearly Ready For Harvest

(Le Mars) -- Most farmers in Plymouth County and surrounding areas are only days away from starting this year's fall harvest.  Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist for northwest Iowa says, in general, the crops are in good shape. 
DeJong says farmers may not see any record yields due to the delayed planting and lack
of sufficient rainfall, but still, expectations call for a good harvest.

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DeJong breaks it down even more by saying the soybean harvest may start by the end of
this week, and from what he has seen in area fields, soybean production has a good stand
with several filled pods.

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As for corn, the agronomist says additional drying days are needed, but never-the-less
area corn crops are looking good.

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DeJong suggests farmers to study their corn hybrid varieties to determine which should
be harvested with priority. 

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DeJong also cautions motorists, as the fall harvest begins, to be aware of the large slower moving farm equipment on the roadways, and for farmers to check their equipment, including all lights, before starting with harvest.

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