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A corn crop for the ages

One hundred forty-bushel dryland corn in Norton County?
Impossible. Won’t ever happen. Can’t be done.
Any Kansas grain farmer will never say for sure what a crop will make until it’s been harvested, stored away and the figures finished. Still, on Sept. 15, three generations of the Van Patten family believe they have an opportunity to cut some 140-bushel-per-acre corn. David Van Patten has farmed since the 1950s. He says in his 80-plus years in Norton County, he’s never seen such an ideal summer to grow corn, or any other crop in northwestern Kansas.
Twelve inches ...

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