|Finally making harvest headway|
By Jan Rahn
Rain, hail, more rain, more hail—although this has been the weather pattern, wheat harvest is well underway, dodging the elements daily.
The harvest season is later than usual, but combines are now running daily as soon as it dries up enough each day for machinery to get into soggy fields.
Numbers are varying around the area, but moisture hovers in the mid teens with good test weights above 60.
The first load along the Highline was brought into Madrid Scoular elevator on July 6 by Harms Brothers. It had 14.2 moisture level with 62.1 test weight.
Last Wednesday, July 7, several farmers gave it a try.
The first load into Scoular in Venango was by Peggy Wegman. Moisture was 14.2 with 60.8 test weight.
Grant’s Frenchman Valley Co-op took their first load the same day (July 7), brought in by Don Softley. The weight tested over 60 pounds with moisture in the mid teens.
There were a few trucks in on Saturday, said manager Gary Talich, but Sunday things really got in gear and they flowed pretty steady.
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