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On one of the relatively few days in October where field work could be done, a farmer north of Jerico chops corn.
It’s never a great sign when one sees farmers giving up their Thanksgiving holiday weekend because they still have crops in the field or post-harvest field work to complete. That, unfortunately, was the reality in 2019, a year in which Mother Nature just didn’t want to cooperate. “We probably had...
A farmer takes advantage of a short break in the bad weather plaguing the area to harvest a cornfield north of New Hampton recently.
Terry Basol has said for two months now that farmers can bring in a good crop if they can just get it out of the fields. The ISU Extension agronomist based at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua still believes that, but it’s getting to be crunch time for growers. “It’s the...
A farmer chops corn for silage in a field north of Jerico last week as the weather finally gave area growers a chance to get into their fields.
Last week was a boon for area farmers; the weekend and the start of this week … not so good. “We have a lot of guys out in the fields and they’re making good headway,” ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol said Friday, “but what they really want is to keep the momentum.” Unfortunately, that momentum...
Area farmers were praying for a little rain a month ago; today, they’d love Mother Nature to turn off the spigot. “It could stop anytime,” said ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol, who is based in Nashua. “We have quite a few soybean fields that are coming around — we’ve even had a few taken out...
ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol couldn’t help but laugh, for he probably knew the question was coming before it was even asked. “Sorry, we need you to live with your allergies for at least another month,” he said, “because the last thing we need now is an early frost.” But Basol, who is based...
Ask Terry Basol about what kind of year the ISU Extension agronomist believes area farmers deserve and he has a quick answer.“The guys have earned a nice, normal year,” he said. “After last year, which had to be one of the strangest, most challenging growing seasons I’ve ever seen, I think they...
Terry Basol laughed as he talked about that one farmer who always wants to be the first one planting in the spring.“There’s always that one guy in the neighborhood,” the ISU Extension agronomist based out of Nashua said. “But I’ll tell you what, that one guy is heading out soon.”And as the planting...
An ISU Extension agronomist remains optimistic about this year’s corn crop, but he also knows area farmers want the tap turned off.“We’ve had plenty of rain,” said Terry Basol, who is based in Nashua, ”and we could use some drying out. One thing we’re obviously not worried about right now is soil...

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