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By Terrie Schmidt-Crosby
The Record 

Harvest 2021 nearly done


Last updated 7/29/2021 at 9:20am

Rebecca Shimic

Lynn Schmidt (on combine) enjoyed giving a combine ride to Maverick Shimic, Jr. during the family's visit last week.

ODESSA – Harvest in Odessa is progressing rapidly this year. The lack of rain and the higher than normal temperatures have reduced yields across the board by about 40 to 50% according to Mark Cronrath of the Odessa Trading Company. Quality is also just so-so, he says. Odessa area farmers were blessed with several back-to-back years of very good crops leading up to what Cronrath calls this "insurance year" in which low yields will lead many farmers to file insurance claims on an unprofitable crop.

Harvest began with the first load of wheat arriving at OTC's Ruff station on July 5. Cronrath...

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