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Iowa farmers seeing a healthy harvest


It is good news for farmers across the state, according to this week's Crop Report from the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

Statewide, the corn and soybean crops are coming in ahead of schedule, compared to the five-year average.

Matt Casey farms 350 acres of corn just south of Highway 20 in Dubuque County.

"It's my favorite time of year. Come fall, you get to harvesting," Casey said while combining his fields Tuesday afternoon. "You get to see what you worked for all year."

At that point, Casey still had about 125 acres of corn to harvest.

"The weather's been great. You can't beat a fall like this," he said. "Earlier, when the corn was a little wetter and we had to dry it down, we had these nice days, didn't go through near as much gas, didn't take near as much to heat up the air to get the corn dry."

Autumn has been nice, but July offered its set of challenges.

Strong winds on the morning of July 11 flattened thousands of acres of corn throughout eastern Iowa. Though the stalks rebounded, many were left with a goose-neck curve at the base, making the harvest more difficult.

Farmer Tim Daly was no exception.

"We had 440 acres of corn in, and that morning, we probably had 360 acres of our corn that were flat," he said. "But it's amazing it came back up. Pollination was good."

Daly and his father Matt Daly farm corn and soybeans near Bankston and have a cattle operation.

The farm's been in the family for just about 150 years, so it's nice to have somebody carry on with it," Matt Daly said.

They finished harvesting soybeans this weekend, with the best average yield Daly has ever seen on his farm. He said August's weather was ideal for soybeans.

They're about halfway done with harvesting the corn.

"Bean yield's a little bit better, but the corn, I think, will be average," Daly said. "Like I said, the winds of July 11th hurt us. If we wouldn't have had that, you know, you might be looking at another 10 to 20 bushel yield bump."

"We got six dollar and 30-cent corn," Casey said. "That's making up for the shortage, what we're short on yield, so, all-in-all, it's a very exceptional year."

Casey said his harvesting should be done in two to three weeks.

Statewide, nearly all of Iowa's soybeans are harvested and more than 70 percent of the corn is cut.

The weekly crop report also said 22 percent of Iowa is seeing a hay shortage.

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