harvest

Local emergency crews responded to a corn chopper fire west of Luverne along County Road 8 Wednesday, Oct. 25. The chopper, owned by Ron Christians, was operating in a cornfield owned by Dave DeBoer. Firefighters were able to keep the crop loss to a minimum, but the chopper was destroyed. Wet...
With no measurable precipitation slated for this week, Rock County farmers will delve back into the 2017 harvest. Soggy field conditions have kept farmers out of the fields, according to the latest USDA crop conditions report. This year’s harvest is lagging behind the five-year average. “They have...
Lori Sorenson photo from Sept. 29, 2016
  Area producers are on track to set production and yield records for 2016, the second growing year in a row. The state’s corn harvest is forecasted at 1.49 billion bushels, according to the latest USDA crop production report. If realized, the production would be a record high. Corn yields are...
Lyle Rollag’s combine gobbles up stalks and fills grain carts with corn Friday, Sept. 23, in this field along County Road 5 in western Rock County. Rollag was combining corn for Blac-X Farms that day.
Rock County Harvest 2016 will have varied results, based on where the most rain fell. Some soybean fields are standing in water, while other areas of the county are dry, having missed most of the recent heavy rains. Farmers are reporting some stress to plants as a result of persistent rain. For...
Corey Nelson holds the tractor and silage wagon steady as Jeff Ahrendt operates the chopper filling the wagon Friday morning north of Magnolia. At an average of 23 tons per acre, the yield is considered about average for the area.
With rain predicted in the weekend forecast, Magnolia farmer Chad Nelson was busy hauling silage to the concrete bunker on his farmyard. “This (today) seems like a pretty ideal time for us,” Nelson said. Nelson hopes by late Saturday night that he, his brother Corey, dad Jim and chopper operator...
George Bonnema
My vegetable garden is in full production … it is amazing to see the variety of fresh produce we are enjoying and appreciating. Every year some garden vegetables do great and others seem to struggle. This year the struggle category includes all my melon vines. A bacterial wilt hit them when they...
When the USDA released its annual crop production report last month, it confirmed Minnesota’s 2015 crop season as its best on record. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Minnesota Field Office released individual county results and confirmed 2015 was also a good...
Corn harvest is almost finished for Ron Fick as he combines a field northwest of Luverne Thursday morning, Oct. 22.
Ten years after setting Rock County’s highest average corn yield, area producers are confident the record will be broken once the 2015 growing season is wrapped up. How much the average could be raised is yet to be determined. Meanwhile, local farmers have enjoyed 24 days of rain-free weather from...
Yields are looking promising, said Magnolia farmer Paul Doherty as he combines a field north of Kanaranzi Friday afternoon. He indicated soybean yields were around 60 to 65 bushels per acre with moisture levels averaging about 10 percent.
According to Monday’s Minnesota Crop Progress and Condition, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 4, the most for this crop season. During that time, soybean harvest advanced from 35 percent complete to 69 percent in the state, 10 days ahead of last year and five...

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