Warm Summer Credited With Record Harvest 10-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Warm Summer Credited With Record Harvest 10-08-2010

The warm summer of 2010 not only made for great weather, it also contributed to a record early harvest in Mid-Michigan.
It started with an early spring and farmers said this year's crop will be one for the record books.
"That's just because of the early spring, we got started really early," said Gary Kaufman, vice president of grain marketing for Star of the West Milling Company in Frankenmuth.
TV5 found a crew out combining soy beans on Friday afternoon.
They said in October, there's always the fear of a freeze or more rain, but not this time around.
"[There was] a lot of higher heat this year, which brought the maturity of the crops on much quicker," said Kaufman.
And just how speedy was this harvest? Kaufman explains. "A year ago, we were probably getting our first load of corn in the first week of October," Caufman said. "We're probably 75 percent done in corn already and we got our first load this year the first week of September."
Local farmers said the timing of any harvest depends on where you are in the state and how much rain was dumped on the field. They said the biggest perk so far has been working in this above average weather.
Farmers said the perfect ending is this early harvest will leave consumers with a healthy side of cash still in their wallets.
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