Combines are starting to roll across Pratt County as dryland corn harvest gets under way.
The harvest is just starting so trucks are not really coming into the grain elevators fast and furious yet, said Mark Ploger, Pratt County Extension Agent.
Weather has been perfect to get the crops though the final maturing stages and get them ready for harvest.
A couple of soybean fields have been tested but it's still early for them to be ready.
Milo fields are also maturing and it shouldn't be too long before they are ready to go as well.
Cotton still has a ways to go before its ready for harvesting. Farmers are reporting they are having a hard time getting the bolls to open and they can use all the heat units they can get to help the cotton along.
Wheat fields across the county are ready for planting but most areas need some rain before the tractors and drills can pull into the fields. While moisture would slow the harvest down, it would be much more beneficial for wheat planting.
"We won't turn moisture down," Ploger said.
Some fields that have been planted have uneven areas of wheat showing and could use some rain, Ploger said.
The August rains helped all the crops in several ways. It was moisture farmers didn't have to produce out of the ground and that saved the farmer money on operating irrigation systems.
Natural rain also puts more nitrogen into the ground that acts as a fertilizer so the rains were doubly beneficial.
A lot of feed has already been put up in bales but producers need to be careful about baling before the feed has cured down.
A large stack of big bales went up in flames Sunday afternoon in the northwest part of the county. Units from Cullison and Iuka were called to contain the blaze but there was nothing they could do but just let the bales burn.
Another group of round bales, from 250 to 300 bales, also caught fire Monday afternoon a mile north and a mile and a half east of Cairo. High winds kept firefighters from Preston, Township 12 and Pratt County Emergency services on site for several hours as the high winds kept refreshing the fire and threatening a large field of CRP and a grove of trees with a residence.
Spontaneous combustion was the probable cause in both cases. More high wind is expected Thursday so farmers will have to be alert.
One thing all the farmers are hoping for is a late freeze. The later the freeze the more time the crop has to mature.
Page 2 of 2 - The later the freeze the more time the wheat will have to get up and establish cover over the fields.
Its way to early to guess yields but with all the rain the area got in August, the crops look good and the potential is there for farmers to have a good harvest.
"I think we'll get more than we did last year," Ploger said.