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Farmers Waiting for Crops to Dry

Area farmers are still waiting for corn to dry out. Lyle Brooks, Branch Manager for Beattie Co-op in Beattie reports that only a few corn and soybean deliveries have been made to the Co-op. Brooks said that farmers are waiting for crops to dry out before harvesting. He expects to see many farmers harvesting soybeans in the next few days.

 Mike Vogt, Marshall County Extension Agent Mike Vogt confirmed that farmers appear to be concentrating on harvesting soybeans ahead of corn. Vogt believes that both crops will be ready for harvest at approximately the same time. He said many farmers will choose to harvest soybeans first because they dry out better and currently have a higher value than corn.

Both Brooks and Vogt stated that crops in the area appear to be healthy and they expect a good yield once harvest begins. Brooks said that farmers should be very thankful as many areas in the state will see low yields due to drought. Brooks also said many areas the drought were extreme and caused corn to create a toxin called Alphatox. Alphatox is essentially poisonous to animals and humans, making infected corn nearly worthless

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