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Fall is busy time for SW farmers

<p>An open cotton boll and a blue sky offer a study in contrasts in late October.</p>

Farmers across the country will tell you fall is their favorite season. It’s when they get their report cards, the tally sheet of how well their crops have done. It’s also one of the busiest times of the year as many balance harvesting several crops while trying to plant small grains for spring harvest or early grazing.

In early to late October farmers across the Southwest put in long hours finishing up corn and grain sorghum harvest as well as prepping and stripping cotton. Others are combining peanuts and soybeans and many were buying stocker cattle to put on early-planted small grain.

This fall has been a good one for many Southwest farmers who finally saw enough in-season rain to make decent corn, cotton and grain sorghum. Across much of the region farmers also report adequate moisture to seed wheat and other small grains.

We’ve captured a bit of the activity over the past few weeks, including rides on combines in corn and on tractors planting wheat. This gallery illustrates a bit of the hectic fall season in the Southwest.

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