Harvest activities started in a big way in Fayette County during the past week. In the first picture, Mitch Johnson drives the combine on the farm owned by his father, Mark Johnson, in the Augsburg area. Many area producers are meeting or exceeding the yields predicted by ag officials.
To keep the harvest activities going, combine operators frequently unload harvested corn on the fly. In the second photo, Mitch Johnson augers corn into a grain cart being pulled by his grandfather, Tom Johnson.
In the fourth photo, rows of mature corn plants stretch out in front of Mitch Johnson as he begins another round in a corn field near his home last week. County farmers are generally pleased with the yield and moisture levels of this fall's corn crop. Most beans, however, remain several weeks away from being ready for harvest.