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Hay good; harvest starting | Preston Citizen

Hay good; harvest starting

July 31, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

Midway through this year’s growing season, area farmers are reporting good yields on second-crop alfalfa and the grain harvest is just beginning. While yields and quality haven’t yet been determined, most said the crop looks good.

Dave Bosen, who farms northwest of Preston, said both his first- and second-crop hay has been above average this year in both tonnage and quality.

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“We feel really good about that. We started cutting spring barley last week. Yields have been good on what we’ve harvested so far,” he said. “We had some problem with cereal leaf beetle a few weeks ago, but we sprayed for that and it eliminated the bugs. I don’t think it has impacted us. We’ll start our wheat harvest later this week.”

Bosen said he wouldn’t have a good idea about his corn crop for a few more days.

“I know some corn around the county may be a little behind normal in development because of cooler temperatures in June. But corn likes hot weather and water. We’ve had both in July and things should be catching up.

“Overall, we have a potential for a good harvest year on all crops.”

A load of hay is weighed on Saturday at Valley Wide Co-op’s scales. Farmers are reporting a good second-crop. The grain harvest in the valley is just starting.

A load of hay is weighed on Saturday at Valley Wide Co-op’s scales. Farmers are reporting a good second-crop. The grain harvest in the valley is just starting.

Jim Naylor, who farms in the Dayton area, said he is finishing second-crop hay this week and is pleased with his tonnage.

“I haven’t had it tested yet, but I think the quality will be good,” he said. “This summer I’ve had more problems with windy conditions than in past years. It seems just after we get the hay raked, a good windstorm hits the area and scatters things. But on the positive side, we haven’t had much rain damage.”

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