Jim Haarberg of Imperial unloads a combine bin full of popcorn into a semi late Tuesday afternoon. Haarberg said the popcorn is the first corn they have picked this year. Corn harvest is getting off to a good start as the crop dries down. (Johnson Publications photo)

Corn harvest getting off to good start

With the wet corn harvest, soybean harvest and edible bean harvest all but complete,  farmers’ focus has shifted to the popcorn and field corn harvest.
    The field corn was starting to dry down until snow hit the area earlier this month, preceded by a couple days of intermittent rain.
    Nonetheless, farmers are getting off to a good start with the corn harvest.
    On Tuesday, Jim Haarberg started harvesting the one circle of popcorn he and his brother, Wayne, put in this year.
    Haarberg said the moisture content was running between 15-16 percent, which is the optimal range for popcorn.
    He said he was pleased with the yields he was seeing.
    Dennis Kunneman of AK Acres said last week that yields on the popcorn were exceeding expectations.

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