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Corn Chopping Gets Busy

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Fall is a busy time of year for ranchers.
Many cattlemen are putting up piles of feed for the winter.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin meets up with one custom corn chopper whose been more than busy this fall.

It's go time.
"When it comes to demand you have to be ready to go."
Michael Holle is a custom chopper.
Holle has put in a lot of hours in his past 6 years of chopping.
(Michael Holle / Custom Corn Chopper) "We put in long days. We usually start around 7 in the morning and we end between 10 and 11 at night. Sometimes if we need to weather depending. Sometimes we will go all night long. If they say it is going to rain the next day, you gotta keep going."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Two semis and two tandem trucks keep this chopper moving. Holle says that he is driving about 5 mph and he only have to wait about 5 minutes for a truck to come back."
Holle cuts for roughly 20 producers each year--covering 3,500 acres.
(Michael Holle / Custom Corn Chopper) "It's been pretty good, some of the soil types make up for the frost. Drier ground, sandier soil. Some of that we are able to get to sooner before the frost. Stuff we are doing now, it's about right. maybe a little bit green, but the kernel is saying that it is time to cut it. It's starting to dent and get hard."
The one thing that makes this fall different than most is that mother nature hasn't brought a frost yet. 
(Michael Holle / Custom Corn Chopper) "A lot of it depends on mother nature, the frost and everything to go with it. There has been years where we have started earlier because the rain wasn't there and the corn was ready to go. It's been a long time since I can remember a frost holding off this long."
And there are a lot of tons getting packed into each and every pile, during this busy 6 week season.
(Michael Holle / Custom Corn Chopper) "For the most part, I would say averaging 15 ton. You seen some in that 18-19 but you see 10 and 12s too. For the farmer, I would say it's been a pretty good year for silage cutting."
A good year, but a busy one.

Holle hopes to be done chopping within the next couple of weeks.

 

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