Dazey, North Dakota farmer Jim Broten has started barley harvest. Broten says the early harvest looks good. “They’ve taken off about 400-to-500 acres. So far, we’re doing quite well. We’re very pleased. It’s good quality and should make all the malt specs so that part is good.” Yields are as expected. “I was a little worried after the (Wheat Quality Council Spring) wheat tour. You know, they said the wheat fields are going to be down. Maybe our barley had some of the same aspect. Right now, I’d say we’re as good as they hoped, maybe even a little better.” RRFN’s Harvest Hotline coverage is sponsored, in part, by U.S. Custom Harvesters Incorporated.