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Bin Busting Bean Harvest

(Le Mars) -- Farmers took full advantage of the weekend's nice weather to harvest their crops.  Soybean harvest is wrapping up, while the corn harvest is just getting started.  Doug Schurr is the manager of the Craig Farmer's Cooperative Grain Elevator, and offers a general overview of the soybean harvest in northwest Plymouth county.

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Schurr says many farmers were delayed with their planting due to the cool temperatures and spring rains.  However, he says it was the cool temperatures in late July and early August, along with some timely rainfall that helped this year's harvest.

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The grain elevator manager says he has not heard any farmer say he has been disappointed with the yield for bushels per acre.
Schurr says corn needs to have some additional warm weather in order to help bring down the moisture levels, but as with the soybeans, Schuur believes the corn harvest will prove to be better than most people had expected.

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The Craig grain elevator has needed to dry most of the corn that has been been delivered.  However, Schurr says there has been some corn that is ready for long-term storage.

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Schurr says in order for grain and oilseeds to be stored for long-term storage, and not spoil, soybeans should have a moisture content under eleven percent, and corn should be below 17 percent.


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