Braunschweig said harvest has started earlier than usual this year because of the dry conditions. Beans are two to three weeks early, while the corn is even earlier than that.
"The yields have really been better than most farmers thought," Braunschweig said. "There's been 20 percent moisture down to 13 percent and the test weight has been around 58 to 60 pounds."
Braunschweig said they have hired some extra help and have rented some extra bin space in preparation for the harvest season.
"When harvest starts, it comes hard and fast," Braunschweig said. "We have changed our hours to 7-7 Monday through Saturday and we'll be open on Sunday afternoon during bean harvest."
Braunschweig said they are predicting about 500,000 bushels of beans and a million and a half bushels of corn for their fall delivery.
The First Cooperative Association generally has the same customers from the area, though it often times does come down to the bidding on storage. Braunschweig said they appreciate all farmers who choose to bring their grain to the First Cooperative Association.
"Things have really been coming in spurts," Braunschweig said. "I think things will continue picking up next week and I look for the biggest part of harvest to be complete by Halloween."
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