The "weather's been cooperating" lately around Northwood, North Dakota, where Keith and Ben Thorsgard were making good progress cutting their 2010 winter wheat. "We've been getting a lot done lately," Keith says.
"We could use some rain, too. Kind of dry out here," Keith adds. Ben says their yields have averaged 70 to 80 bushels per acre. The Thorsgards use the latest Deere GreenStar mapping, autosteer and other precision tools.
Keith and Ben, shown here, farm around 7,000 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn and sunflowers with their grandfather, uncle, father and 6 cousins. "The wheat moisture's low, protein's a little low, but yield is good," Ben says.
Vince, who farms and operates a consulting business with brother Paul, says his area's seen timely rains all year. "Probably by the end of the month, we'll be chopping corn for the dairy guys," he says.
Paul says, though some soybeans are chest-high where they were knee-high this time last year, too much rain has caused disease ssues. "We've had more diseases, like white mold. In areas where it's severe, we're going to lose half the yield."