A producer has time to reflect on a growing season that included a wide range of challenges from Mother Nature.
Harvest dust hangs heavy as farmers take advantage of a 10-day stretch of dry weather to churn through their soybean fields.
While production in many areas came in below last year, yields of 60 to 70 bu./acre were common in Grundy County, Iowa.
Timely rains in August helped Iowa farmers located between US Highways 20 and 30 achieve consistent soybean yields.
A round of thunderstorms slowed harvest after 10 days, but the majority of soybeans were in the bin by then.
Combines growled and seemingly rolled in slow motion well after sunset and into the wee hours across the prairie.
Low humidity and cloudless skies led to an extreme rapid dry down of soybeans this fall.
At a field moisture content of 8 to 10%, general harvest losses of 2 to 4 bu./acre are not unusual.
As autumn colors brightened the landscape, combine operators turned on the jets and made quick work of the 2011 harvest.
Near-perfect weather helped alleviate harvest stress, but also resulted in poor fall tillage conditions and a very high danger of field fires.
Photojournalist and soybean producer Harlen Persinger records some of his neighbors bringing in the 2011 soybean crop.
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