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10 The Sun, Wednesday, August 8, 2012 IIBusy harvest time has local farmers hopping By Jo Mclntyre Correspondent, The Sun In the busy harvest season, farmers are hopping, but they always take some time off for fairs, threshing bees and fam- ily picnics. There should be plenty of smil- ing faces this sun'aner, because lo- cal farmers report a fair to mid- dling harvest for most crops. "In terms of harvest, we have combined three out of our 12 crops so far; turnips, meadowfoam and annual ryegrass," says local farmer, Helle Ruddenklau. "Those were okay, but not spectacular." She says other farmers are finding that the early grass seed (orchardgrass, annual and tall fescue) is off from normal. She and her husband, Bruce, will start on their perennial ryegrass and expect it to be all right, though. At least, she says, it has looked good so far. "The wheat will not do as well as it could have, because of the excessive moisture we had this spring (10 inches in March) just as it was wanting to get going growing, but again it should be okay." Spring-planted crops were late going in this year due to the cool spring. That suited them well and they are looking just fine. The corn wants some warmth and sun to really get going, so the hot weekend pre- dieted for the first weekend in August is just what the farm- doctor ordered. It's a similar outlook for Dave Brandt, a grass seed and blueberry grower. He's been;. combining his grass seed, turf- type tall fesc . and says it "looks average"We're doing okay." He has his own seed cleaning equipment. An even brighter picture emerges for blueberries, which also look good. And in spite of a big jump in plantings, prices are holding up, too. HARVEST [ Page 8 ,i,iii!ii i il/ii iii iiill iiiil i ii i Clockwise from top right: A combine is at work on a local farm. Hay is being baled on the Sigrist Farm on Red Prairie Road. "rico, the farm dog, enjoys a ride in the swather. A combine stirs up a cloud of dust on the Moritz Farm. Farmer Mike Morilz gets ready to take a full trailer of seed to the cleaner where it will be cleaned and bagged for sale. Photos by Susan Rsgsn each per month when combined w/internet & phone Speed the whole family can enjoy Unlimited local and nationwide calling BROADBAND *Offers expire 9/12/12. Offers are good for new cable, internet and phone customers, or former customers inactive for 60 days and in good standing. $29.95 Enhanced Basic offer Is good when bundled with High Speed 10 I ntemet and Unlimited WavePhone", which am also offered at S29.gS/mo. each, for a total of $891mo. for the first 12 full months of service. Equipment fees, franddse fees, Universal Service Fund, E911, taxes lad otlter fees al=l~/. 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