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Mark Small was one of the first Walla Walla-area farmers to start harvest last week. Here he walks the stubble on land near Lowden, checking the efficiency of the combines.

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Mark Small of Small Ranches surveyed a field of soft white wheat near Lowden on Thursday. “Yesterday was the first day, and we had some bugs to work out,” Small said, adding that by noon, his crew, had harvested roughly 170 acres. “We’re early. There’s not too many harvesting yet at all.” Small said he expects to harvest an average of 200 acres of wheat a day during harvest, and hopes to finish by the second week of August, though he’s concerned his yield this year will be down due to unfavorable spring weather.

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