Humble harvest-2007 crop appears to match farmers? low expectations

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Like most Marion County farmers who started cutting wheat toward the end of last week, Cal Jost was making rapid progress Monday afternoon on this field a mile east of Hillsboro. Modern machines help speed the harvest along, but low bushel yields as the result of hard freezes in late spring has kept yields significantly lower than normal. ?I?ve heard from five bushels (per acre) and there might have been some 30-bushel?but 15 to 20 has been about the average,? said Dick Tippin, grain coordinator at Cooperative Grain & Supply in Hillsboro. ?Nobody?s bragging about anything.? He said the test weight has been averaging 55 pounds and the moisture has been fairly dry at 13. Tippin estimated that by Monday afternoon the harvest was already 25 to 30 percent complete.

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