Jefferson County farmers recorded a good harvest for 2011 despite the wide array of rough weather conditions experienced in the area during the year.

Jefferson County farmers recorded a good harvest for 2011 despite the wide array of rough weather conditions experienced in the area during the year.

Dennis Bailey, Jefferson County Extension agent and staff chair, this week summed up the farming year as a good one.

“Overall, the farmers seem pretty happy, considering what they had to deal with,” Bailey said. “All of the rain we’ve had lately has probably slowed down some of the winter wheat, but most of it is up. Everybody that got it in the ground has got it up.”

“We had some real good looking beans with high yields,” Bailey said. “Considering the high temperatures we had this summer, things look good.”

Roderick Woods, Farm Services Agency county executive director for Jefferson and Lincoln counties, said back in late September the harvest was better than they expected it to be.

“Considering the heavy rains early in the season followed by the extended drought, things are not as bad as we thought they would be,” Woods said. “But then again, we thought it would be pretty bad. Some folks never did recover from all of the rain that we got in the spring. The later crops are doing all right. To come back from where we started, it has been decent.”

Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year patriarch Bob Roe said in October that beans were a good investment for the season.

“It’s been a good harvest considering the weather conditions we had this summer,” Roe said. “The hybrid rice we planted has been good, while the other rice has not been as good. We have 100 acres of soybeans left to harvest. The soybean crop has yielded 45 to 50 bushels per acre which is the best I’ve ever had.”

FSA field tech Dean Callahan agreed in late September that the harvest for Jefferson County farmers was progressing well.

“We’ve had rice and cotton coming in,” Callahan said. “Up until the last day or so everything has been going pretty good.”