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Soggy weather delays fall harvest

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Wet weather is forcing farmers out of their fields. According to the most recent USDA crop report, Iowa's harvest is a little more than a week behind schedule. This may force farmers to continue their harvest well into November.

Sitting idol in the driveway is not where farmers want their combines to be in the middle of October, but that's exactly where they are.

John Hoffman's family has been farming land northeast of Waterloo for generations, during his tenure he has dealt with a variety of weather come harvest time.

"Typically this time of year in October we're starting to wrap up the soy bean harvest and starting to move onto corn but this year we've just began the soybean harvest and we only got about 100 acres out so far," said Hoffman. He now has another 2100 acres to go.

Some farmers are waiting on soybeans and beginning to harvest corn because moisture doesn't impact it as much.

"We've had too much rain, not enough rain, too cool, too dry, we've had disease problems," said Hoffman.

With temperatures below freezing in the forecast some farmers are more than anxious to get in the fields.

"I would say 99 percent of the soybean that has reached maturity so this frost forecast this weekend would not hurt us. Most of the corn is past the critical stage. Obviously we would like a little more time, but mother-nature is not going to give it to us," Hoffman said.

According to the USDA crop report, 71 percent of Iowa's corn is now safe from frost.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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