|Rain stalls wheat harvest|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Rain is a major contributing factor for the high-quality wheat this season, but it also seems to be holding farmers back as the harvest has been pushed back and halted due to the extra moisture.
“Right now I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be no more rain until harvest is over,” Paoli Co-op manager Steve Bahnsen said. “It’s hard to turn down rain, but not during harvest.”
Steve Young, Grainland Co-op grain merchandiser, estimates that the harvest is now roughly 60 percent complete in the area, despite farmers having to take the weekend off due to rain and humidity. By mid-afternoon Monday, July 14, action began to pick back up at the two sites as producers hit the field in hopes of beating the next round of showers expected to take place late this week.
Bahnsen noted that the weekend storms brought some hail west of Holyoke. Unfortunately, some areas were hit for the second time with some showing losses of 50-70 percent.
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