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Harvest Begins

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The busiest time in the farming industry has arrived.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes us out to the field for harvest.

(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "It's go time. harvest is officially underway. These are some of the first passes of the season, that the farmers are making, ones that they have anxiously been awaiting."
(Eric Voller / Farmer) "Have you guys ever had to wait this long to harvest? No, not really. Dad and I were talking about it today it seems that we usually have our barley off end of July early part of August, we are just getting started and getting going with this. It's kinda amazing the way the year has been. 
Eric Voller farms with his dad in the Ha Hazelton area.
Vollers have raised barley fields like this for seed and malting for years, and this is the latest they've headed to the field.
But the kernels in this field are making the wait while worth their time.
(Eric Voller / Farmer) "The yield is well above average, we are kinda surprised about it. We haven't checked any quality yet, as far as yield it's been really, really nice. We are expecting quality to be good as well." 
While the barley crop is nearly off and in the bin, there's plenty more acres to worry about.
(Eric Voller / Farmer) "We are really drying out. We were wet this spring, dry to get started and then we had all that rain end of May to early June. The sprinkler shut off and now it's dry. We could really use a shot of rain. The corn is burning up. The beans are burning up. we need a shot of rain. Everything is behind too, we haven't had the heat units that we need."
While the worries of the barley harvest are nearly over, Voller is now hoping for a month without a frost to keep his corn and soybeans alive.

Voller expects to finish with barley harvest within the next couple of days.

 

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