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Busy Saturday in Faribault County

September 8, 2008 - Chuck Hunt
I took two tours of Faribault County last week, only a day apart. On Friday Register columnist Dick Quaday and I took off and drove all around the county looking at the crops. I guess it is a tradition for the editor and Quaday to do this. Now Dick is a retired farmer and knows his stuff...about crops anyway. People have questioned his knowledge about politics and religion when he writes about those issues in his column. But farming is one thing he knows a lot about. As opposed to yours truly. I readily admit that while I am not totally ignorant about farming, there wasn't much of it going on in San Diego, Calif., where I grew up. What I have learned has been picked up from being an editor in Minnesota farm country for 35 years. When we toured the county on Friday, it looked like a whale of a lot of good corn and soybean fields to me. Dick could see a lot of differences from one part of the county to another. To me, however, it just seemed as though local farmers are going to have a lot of good corn and soybeans to harvest. I think they are all going to do quite well. Very, very well. Dick agreed with me, but says that six weeks ago the crop looked much, much better. It had the potential, he says, to be the biggest crop ever in the county. But a lack of rain cut down on that bumper crop, and just made it a very good crop. Saturday I virtually retraced some of our previous day's trek when I went out to cover some events in the county. There was dog jumping in Blue Earth, Old time farming and tractors in Kiester, and a guest storyteller in Delavan. Doesn't sound like much, but I left home at 10 a.m. and didn't get back until 4 p.m. Then there was also a fly-in/drive-in fun dinner at the BE airport. It was a fundraiser for the FFA. There sure seems to always be a lot going on in this fair county. Many activities for people to go to, while they wait for the crops to ripen and get ready for harvest time...From the size of the crop out there, it is going to take some work to get it into the bin.


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