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Harvest begins early for some Eastern Iowa farmers

DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL)-- It was a beautiful fall afternoon and Gary Lahr was beginning to harvest his soybean fields.

"Been doing corn now since last Monday and been doing enough now to fill up a bin. I started beans today (Wednesday)," Lahr said.

With just about 800 acres of land, he's already been harvesting corn and says moisture levels are helping.

"Some corn on bean ground, averaging close to 200. And right about the 19 to 20 percent moisture which around this time of year is really unheard of." Lahr said.

And it's quite a contrast to last year, which provided cool and wet weather resulted in a late harvest.

Lahr admits this is a very unusual situation but he's taking advance of the nice weather and getting things done ahead of schedule. Right now 91 percent of corn in Iowa is at or beyond maturity. Eight percent has been harvested. Lahr follows suit and that's well ahead of last year.

"Everything coming right out of the ground and we had favorable weather all year long," Lahr said.

Now with several days of dry weather in site, Lahr say he'll be out here everyday.

"There's some potential for some really good beans out there," Lahr said.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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