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Central Iowa starts early harvest

By Staff | Aug 24, 2012
Northrup augers corn into a waiting semi, belonging to TLM Trucking, of Duncombe, driven by Dan Hilpipre, of Fort Dodge. Mickelson said half of his corn "will be going to town," and the other half will be kept in on-farm storage.

One of the first incidences of corn harvesting broke out Friday morning, a mile south of Duncombe, when Tim Mickelson, of rural Duncombe, drove his John Deere combine on Friday into 145 acres of standing corn and started his 2012 autumnal chores. Although it was only Aug. 24, his corn, planted from Dekalb seed, was at 18 percent moisture and ready to go. He said the field monitor, at least in this part of the field, was registering 140 to 150 bushels per acre. When asked about ny problems with lodging, stalks that are leaning or broken, Mickelson said, “So far, this variety is holding up. Driving the tractor pulling the grain cart is Matt Northrup, of Stanhope. Mickelson said half of his corn will be going to town, and the other half will be kept in on-farm storage.

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