Area grain facilities are ready for the fall harvest season

 by DEB LOGER

Area farmers, elevators and ethanol plants are busy preparing for the fall harvest season, which may be earlier than normal.

“It certainly has been a challenging year—including the limited rainfall that has occurred in the region,” said Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist. “Moisture stress is obvious in many fields, and, in conjunction with early planting, harvest will likely be earlier than normal this fall.

“The hot weather the last week of August really accelerated maturity in many fields, with some—or at least parts of many—fields seemingly maturing earlier than they should due to the heat and shortage of water,” DeJong said.

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