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Corn and soybean harvest underway in Eastern Iowa

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For the past couple of weeks, many eastern Iowa farmers have been busy tending to their fields and harvesting their crops. According to the last report released by the Iowa Department of Agriculture, more than 70% of soybeans and 35% of corn has been harvested in 2013.

Matt Casey has been a corn grower for nearly 20 years. He has been harvesting his crop for the past couple of weeks. He says this year he has had his best crop yet.

"It's been a phenomenal crop. Yield is anywhere from 180 to 250 bushels an acre. It's just been a great year," Casey said. 

Casey credits that phenomenal crop to the weather. He says that timely rains are key in creating that great crop.

Tim Daly is a livestock and grain farmer. This past weekend, Daly spent his time harvesting his soybean crop. He says his soybean crop is also having a good season.

"I knew beans will compensate if the weather is right, which they did. Luckily, we had the September we had and they thrived on that warm weather and kept growing and produced a good yield," Daly said.

Daly and his father Matt also harvest corn on their farm. He says he also saw a good season with that crop as well.

"So far the corn, we don't have a lot done maybe 1/3 of it but our corn crop looks to be our best corn crop ever." Daly said.

Daly says it's good weather that helps with his and many farmers bottom lines.

"It's weather, that's what it is. It has the big impact on our bottom line with what we can produce." Daly said.

Although Daly says it has been a good season for his soybean crop, he said last year was an even better one. He says the hot and dry weather and timely rains last August made for an even stronger crop last year.

According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recent rains have also helped soil moisture levels here in Iowa as well.


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