From potatoes to popcorn, farmers reap fall harvests

Ag and Business News | 10/19/2016 |

 A truck from Horst Enterprises dumps a load of popcorn at Jack’s Bean Co. Friday, Oct. 14. —Johnson Publications photo
A truck from Horst Enterprises dumps a load of popcorn at Jack’s Bean Co. Friday, Oct. 14. —Johnson Publications photo

By Karen Ortner

Local harvests are in all stages in the Holyoke area, from recently completed to still itching for the final drydown. Here’s a look at what’s been going on in a field near you.

In the works

Several local crops are currently undergoing harvest, most notably sugar beets and corn.

Sugar beet harvest has been on-again-off-again as warm weather continues to rear its head between cool spells.

After heat delayed the regular harvest opening date to Wednesday, Oct. 12, the beet station north of Holyoke was open until midnight taking beets. The station was open until around 3 p.m. the following day, when warm weather called a stop to the action once again.

Les Watada of Western Sugar said Friday that based on the weather forecast, they planned to be up and running “full bore” come Tuesday after night temperatures drop enough to cool piled beets.

Corn is definitely the most visible crop being harvested in the area. Drivers on county roads are enjoying fewer blind corners as crops continue to dry down enough to be picked.

Steve Young of CHS Grainland reported Thursday, Oct. 13, that most of what he has seen is from dryland and hailed-on irrigated fields. Since then, more irrigated fields have dried down enough for harvesting.

Dryland corn taken to CHS has shown better-than-average yields with good test weights, said Young.

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