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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


Corn harvest is well

underway in Cottonwood

County and, right on cue,

a warm spell is blanketing

the region.

This is welcome news

to corn producers looking

to limit their corn drying

costs. Just a couple of

weeks ago, corn moisture

levels were in the upper 20

percent area.

However, this week the

moisture level is down to

the low 20 percent range.

And, with the forecast calling

for more highs in the

60s and no rain predictions

in sight, it’s a safe bet that

moisture levels will continue

to drop.

Meanwhile, the region

is getting positive yield

reports.

“We’re seeing yields anywhere

from 180 bushels per

acre to the 200,” said Trey

Hopwood, an agronomist

for Country Pride Services

Cooperative in Bingham

Lake. “Those reports are

pretty level, across the

county. And, it has been

pretty good for all varieties.

“We are waiting for the

later day corn to dry down

to see how that yields.”

Hopwood said area

producers are upbeat about

the early corn and expects

more positive reports as

the harvest begins for later

season corn.

“They have to be fairly

happy with the moisture

levels dropping,” Hopwood

said. “It will surely save

some drying costs.”

Hopwood said the harvest

had been running behind

schedule. But he expects

producers to catch up

quickly as the dry weather

sticks around.

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