Martey Stewart cattle sale

Crop Watcher Martey Stewart looks in on a pen of a cattle at West Point Livestock Auction. The sale barn held its customer appreciation barbecue, with a local cattlemen’s group grilling 700 burgers Aug. 19.

Northeastern Nebraska was spared the early snowfall in October, and crop watcher Martey Stewart recorded very little rain around his Dixon, Nebraska home. With the favorable conditions, harvest was in full swing.

“What a beautiful time of the year,” he said. “Shades of brown gold orange green and red adorn the landscape, beautiful sunrises and sunsets accented with the sounds and sights of harvest.”

Producers have wrapped up silage and earlage chopping, as well as a fifth cutting of hay. Farmers have completed a big percentage of soybean harvest. Yield reports range from 50 to 75 bushels per acre with better than 85% of bean harvest complete, Stewart said.

Farmers in the area were completing some fall field work, disking in ditches and applying fertilizer. Corn combining started to pick up in late October with corn testing from 15 to 30% moisture. Some was dry enough to put in the bin, and some was being rolled and packed in a pit for cattle feed.

The weather forecast to start out the week was a little damp and windy. Stewart expected it will slow things down a bit give some farmers a much needed rest.

“They have put in some long hours trying get bean harvest complete,” he said.

Producers have also kept busy weaning and working calves. Fall rains helped keep pastures green and the dust down in the feedlots.

Marty and Linda Stewart traveled to the Verdigre-Niobrara area to help their oldest son bring cows and calves home.

“Such a beautiful area this time of year,” Stewart said.

Their youngest daughter and her family also came to help, and the Stewarts enjoyed seeing the grandkids get an opportunity so many kids will never have.

“Farming and ranching may be a hard way of making a living with many challenges along the way, but I am convinced there is no better place to raise a family,” Stewart said. “We continue to pray for favorable weather for our farmers as they complete the harvest and (for) their safety.”

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Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. Reach her at or follow on Twitter @JLNeighbor