2000 harvest passes halfway point in county

Recent rains have put harvest several days behind schedule, according

to Steve Tonn, Marion County extension agent.

As of Monday, harvest was about 50 to 60 percent complete. The yield

and quality was about what Tonn had predicted?30 to 35 bushels per

acre with test weights at or a little below average.

Depending on their location in the county, some farmers are nearly

finished cutting while others have barely started because of the wet


The quality of wheat also varies among producers.

In a few cases, fields are producing 50 to 60 bushels per acre, but

that is not common.

?I?m sure there?s going to be those exceptions,? Tonn said. ?It will

be the exception, not the

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