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Most corn remaining to be harvested is in western counties where some producers are struggling to harvest lodged crops due to the high winds in mid-October, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.
Fortunately for Perkins County, corn harvest was pretty much a wrap when the 60-70 mph winds hit the area Oct. 18. Serious damage was done to some fields of standing corn.
Harvesters have tried raking the corn stalks, stover and ears of fallen corn into a windrow and following behind with a combine using a pick-up head in an effort to harvest the fallen ears of corn to cut their losses.
According to Frenchman Valley Co-op Branch Manager Gary Talich much of the downed corn was east and south.  
Statewide, corn harvest was 97 percent complete the first week of November and sorghum harvest stood at 94 percent, both well ahead of average.