On the cutting edge-Saturday showers bring harvest to temporary halt

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HarvestKlassenTrailer165.jpg With overcast skies portending the approach of rain, Dale Klassen prepares to turn the corner on a wheat field he and his crew were cutting Friday afternoon near Marion Reservoir north of Hillsboro. A second machine, driven by Lane Dick, is unloading its payload into a tractor-pulled grain wagon driven by Klassen?s son, Aaron. Farmers began test cutting at midweek with reports of average to above-average yields. Weather forecasters proved to be accurate, though, as rainfall on Saturday forced a timeout in the 2009 harvest through much of the state. With this week?s forecast calling for sunshine and near triple-digit temperatures, farmers should make huge strides on the fields.

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